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British Dispensary's Anabol: sometimes real, sometimes fake

Anabol, manufactured by British Dispensary, sometimes contains methandienone as it's supposed to and sometimes methyltestosterone. And sometimes it contains no active ingredients at all, researchers at the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety report in Drug Testing and Analysis.

The researchers analysed eight samples of British Dispensary's Anabol, all of which had been confiscated by the police. The researchers used Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Raman Chemical Imaging to analyse the tabs. These methods enabled the researchers not only to measure the active substances in the tabs, but also the fillers.

The researchers discovered that there were four different kinds of Anabol tablets around on the French market. Three of them looked pretty much the same, but one had no imprint on it. That was the one that contained methyltestosterone.

British Dispensary's Anabol: sometimes real, sometimes fake
In another type of tablet which did have an imprint there were no active ingredients at all. They contained sugar [sucrose].

In six of the eight samples the researchers found methandienone. [Structural formula shown here]

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British Dispensary's Anabol: sometimes real, sometimes fake

"So far, four different formulations have been distinguished for the same product (Anabol tablet from the British Dispensary, Thailand)", the researchers wrote.

"These findings are useful for police departments which want to gather evidences for prosecutors. The analytical results may help to connect samples from different seizures with same features in order to understand the manufacturing, the transit and the diffusion of illegal medicines."

Drug Test Anal. 2015 Jul 22. doi: 10.1002/dta.1843. [Epub ahead of print].

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