A new study has discovered that people are wasting their money on these drugs. Not only do they fail to slow the ageing process, they also do not increase muscle strength and aerobic capacity, another reason people are taking them.
Now America's drug regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is cracking down on suppliers. One company, Specialty Services Distribution, has been fined $10.5m for distributing steroid and growth hormone (hGH) for 'non-medical use'.
(Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, 2008; 299: 2792-4).