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A Longtime Leader in Supplement Safety and Sport Drug Testing

Contributions to Supplement Safety and Sport Drug Testing

  • First spotlighted the issue of trace contamination of over-the-counter dietary supplements in a seminal publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) November 22 and 29, 2000.
  • Worked with the Washington Post in 2005 to unmask the designer steroid Methasterone (Superdrol) being sold in over-the-counter supplements, leading to a focus on pro-hormone supplements and the 2009 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raid on Bodybuilding.com, the largest enforcement action to date in the supplement industry.
  • First to call attention to the use of the dangerous designer stimulant Methylhexaneamine as an ingredient in dietary supplements, in a Washington Post article in 2006, leading to the ultimate removal of this compound from supplement products and improvements in supplement safety regulations.
  • Provided analytical and legal consulting as part of government action to identify and expose designer drugs used in dietary supplements like the aromatase inhibitor 6-OXO and the designer steroid ‘Tren’.
  • Led efforts to identify and eliminate the sale of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Class III Controlled Substances in online outlets including Amazon.com and other distributors improving supplement safety in the marketplace.
  • Dr. Catlin developed the first sport drug-testing laboratory in the United States in 1982, and for 25 years built and managed drug testing programs for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), MLB, NFL, NCAA, U.S. military and performed testing for several Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.
  • Developed several key analytical testing methods used in sport drug testing including the method that exposed the first designer steroid (Norbolethone), the designer steroids Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) and Madol (which fueled BALCO and later appeared in dietary supplements), the Carbon Isotope Ratio (CIR) technique used to detect synthetic testosterone, a method to detect the blood booster Darbepoietin, and a method to detect Erythropoietic stimulating agents in equines.
  • Contributed more than 100 publications, book chapters and other scientific and peer-reviewed contributions to the fields of analytical chemistry, supplement contamination and safety, sports doping control, mass spectrometry, toxicology and other related subjects.
  • One of the first groups to focus on banned substance certification and the protection of athletes with the inception of BSCG in 2004.
  • Became the first supplement certification provider to include over-the-counter, prescription and illicit drugs not banned in sport to its banned substance and drug contamination certification program BSCG Certified Drug Free.



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