After the ban of at least two players for consuming performance enhancing drugs, the Major League Baseball (MLB) came out with a memo about commonly available products containing drugs that are illegal for athletes.
According to the memo, sexual enhancement products that are quite easily available and consumed by many, are highly likely to contain substances illegal for athletes, and hence it was important for the players to use only those products which are certified by NSF for sport.
“Sexual or male enhancement products present a very real risk for drug-tested players, and the high likelihood for contamination or unidentified ingredients in these products underscores the importance of consuming only those products that are NSF Certified for Sport,” the memo read.
The memo continued, “We know from experience that a number of these sexual or male enhancement products—which are sold online, at retail stores, and on the black market, both in the United States and internationally—contain anabolic steroids and other prohibited substances.
“For this reason, we strongly urge players against taking any sexual or male enhancement product, from any source.”
According to the ESPN, the memo was distributed across all the major and minor league players and MLB suggested that players who “suffer from erectile dysfunction or other legitimate issues related to sexual performance … speak to a licensed physician about the various prescription medications (e.g., Viagra, Cialis, Levitra) available to treat those conditions.”
One of the common excuses that MLB players have given in the past when facing a suspension from the Baseball League is that they didn’t realize such a commonly available supplement they were taking would contain an illegal substance that would make them fail a drug test under the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Issuing the memo, MLB can now stop hearing the same excuse, at least for consuming sexual enhancement drugs.
The Food and Drug Administration has been warning about sexual enhancing products for a while now. At the turn of the year, FDA released a statement enlightening on the commonly available products containing “hidden active ingredients.”
“The FDA has identified an emerging trend where over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful,” the statement read.
“Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients.”
It also advised, “These deceptive products can harm you. Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for sexual enhancement.”