The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) does not usually take a hard stance about substances that are meant to improve the performance of athletes. But this time, they did. Just last year, the WADA has effectively warned athletes all over the world to avoid the use of the black market drug called gw-501516 because of its apparent harmful effect on the body of a person.
According to the said agency, this black market drug which is also referred to as gw1516, was being marketed online as a mere endurance booster and performance enhancer for athletes, sports enthusiasts and aficionados. It is being marketed by online retailers as Endurobol. Mostly though, online retailers are soliciting their product on bodybuilding forums and sites where a lot of gym goers are very much interested in trying out the banned substance perhaps out of ignorance of its potential harmful effect to their lives. A simple visit to e-commerce sites will tell you that there are a lot of potential buyers on the internet. In fact, the Endurobol can be easily bought by anyone in either liquid or powder form.
The bad thing about this is that the athletes and other people who purchased gw-501516 from online retailers abuse it. As such, the WADA is very alarmed of the potential danger that it may cause to the lives of the users of the said drug. This is the very reason why the WADA had made a pronouncement condemning the substance at the first glance and promoting the awareness of people to its potential harmful effect to their lives.
At the moment, the WADA does not have the statistics to tell how prevalent the use of the banned substance is. However, the WADA is sure that the side effect of this black market drug is very serious. The WADA had simply described gw-501516 as a developmental drug that was currently being research by a big pharmaceutical company for its promising effects on the human body. However the WADA explained, when toxicities of serious nature were discovered in pre-clinical studies of the said banned black market substance, the big pharmaceutical company decided to withdraw the research altogether. From that point on, experiments of the substance to human beings were no longer conducted.
Now, there is an apparent problem with this pronouncement. The problem is that the document of the WADA does not specifically tell people what the potential dangers are with respect to their health. For example, users and potential users have been asking, “If the banned substance is indeed harmful to people, why not tell the people on what specifically are the apparent risks?” Since the WADA are not specific enough on the specific health risks that are allegedly associated with the use of this banned substance, people (gym-goers specifically) are still being enticed by it.
What is predominantly known about this black market drug is that it has been initially developed by big pharmaceutical company Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK). This fact has not been particularly helpful at all. The reason is that people believe that since gw-501516 has been developed by a reputable company like GSK, the substance must be safe and the WADA might be overreacting.
Moreover, they believe that the WADA may only be speculating about its harmful effects. For these people, what is important is to promote their cardiovascular endurance and to improve their performance in their sport or physical activity. In other words, unless the WADA or any other medical authority specifically cites a case or a research study directly imputing a specific disease to the use of gw-501516, they will continue using this banned drug.