The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is advising all Australian athletes subject to in-competition doping control to be cautious of the supplements DS Craze, Mesomorph 2.0 and Viking Before Battle.
Laboratory analysis identified a batch of:
- DS Craze contained a prohibited stimulant N,alpha-diethyl-benzeneethanamine (analysed late 2012).
- Mesomorph 2.0 contained the prohibited stimulants Oxilofrine (also known as Methylsynephrine, Hydroxyephrine, and Oxyephrine), Phenpromethamine, and Beta-methylphenethylamine (chemical structure similar to amphetamine) (analysis results received in April 2014).
These prohibited substances ARE NOT ALWAYS listed on the supplement’s ingredient label.
The supplement Viking Before Battle, which is available in Australia, lists the substance Methyl Synepherine on the ingredients label. Despite the difference in spelling this substance is the same as the prohibited stimulant Methylsynephrine.
What are these substances?
These substances are classed as S6 stimulants on the Prohibited List and are prohibited in-competition.
Sporting bans involving these substances can range up to two-years.
N,alpha-diethyl-benzeneethanamine links to methamphetamine
In addition to being a prohibited substance in sport, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) considers N,alpha-diethyl-benzeneethanamine to be an analogue of the border controlled substance methamphetamine under the Criminal Code (C’wth). The product DS Craze is subject to seizure by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and, under existing arrangements between the agencies, will be referred to the AFP for investigation and prosecution action.
Oxilofrine could be in other supplements
Oxilofrine has been the subject of a number of reported positive tests worldwide and the substance’s synonym, Methylsynephrine is listed on the label (as Methyl Synepherine) of a supplement available in Australia called Viking Before Battle.
It has also been found in other supplements in Germany and Canada despite not being declared on the ingredient label. In these countries the supplements found to contain Oxilofrine make claims of extreme fat loss or increases in mental performance in their marketing.
What you need to do
ASADA cautions athletes who compete under an anti-doping policy to take extreme care with DS Craze,Mesomorph 2.0, Viking Before Battle and other supplements, particularly those claiming benefits such as fat loss or an increase in mental performance.
Read the ingredients label, does it say ‘proprietary blend’? If it does, there is no telling what has been added in the manufacturing process and this is the risk you take.
Athletes using supplements do so at their own risk because they can be contaminated with prohibited substances. Under the World Anti-Doping Code’s principle of strict liability, athletes are responsible for any substance found in their body.
Supplements continue to be the source of preventable anti-doping rule violations both in Australia and overseas, so understand the risks to your health, career and reputation these products present.
Because of supplement manufacturing processes can lead to their contents varying from batch to batch, ASADA cannot give any specific supplement the all clear.
Further information about supplements and the steps you can take to help minimise your risk is available on the ASADA website.
The World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List (‘the List’) comes into effect on 1 January every year.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released an advisory cautioning athletes to be aware of the black market substance GW501516.
GW501516 was a developmental drug that was withdrawn from research by the pharmaceutical company and terminated when serious toxicities were discovered.
More information on the WADA advisory can be found on its website.
Under legislation ASADA has restrictions around what and when it can talk about operational matters.
We understand that at times this can lead to frustrations, but the legislation has clear and tight controls to ensure that people under review have their privacy assured throughout an investigation and result management process.
Due to the level of interest in the current investigation into doping in sport, we have decided to put up on the ASADA website responses to a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These responses only include information we can publicly disclose. We will review these FAQs from time to time to address, where possible under legislation, misinformation we come across in the public domain.
It’s time for Registered Testing Pool (RTP) athletes to let ASADA know where they are going to be over the next three months (January to March 2013).
RTP athletes have until 7 December 2012 to get their whereabouts information into ASADA.
Whereabouts can be filed online by the athlete, or by an authorised representative. If athletes are unable to submit their whereabouts online, they should contact ASADA’s Athlete Services Unit by email at email@example.com, or by phone on 13 000 ASADA (27232), or if ringing from overseas on +61 2 6222 4200.
Why is whereabouts important to sport? Conducting out-of-competition testing without notice to athletes has become one of the most powerful means of deterring and detecting doping in sport. Accurate whereabouts information is crucial to ensure the efficiency of ASADA’s anti-doping programs, which are designed to protect the integrity of sport and to protect clean athletes.