Sadly, the rash of positive drug tests related to methylhexaneamine continues. Yesterday, it was reported by Velonation.com that the cyclist brothers Rui and Mario Costa both tested positive for methylhexaneamine in the past year. This is merely the latest example of a string of high-profile positive drug tests related to methylhexaneamine that have surfaced in the last two years.
Our previous blog post (of Sept. 10) explains how the many synonyms and brand names that surround methylhexaneamine create confusion and can result in inadvertent use of the drug. We also briefly looked into the interesting history of the compound. We posed the question, ‘why is this drug banned in sport yet legal in dietary supplements’, and that question remains.
What we did not examine is why it took so long to address this compound, as it was exposed as a potential problem in the Washington Post on May 8, 2006. Patrick Arnold, the chemist mastermind behind the infamous BALCO steroid scandal, was awaiting his sentencing at the time. Meanwhile, his company was marketing methylhexaneamine under the trademarked name Geranamine. The father of designer steroids, as many consider Arnold to be, had shifted his focus to methylhexaneamine. The writing was on the walls, or at least in the Washington Post, that this substance would become a problem in sport.
Methlyhexaneamine was added to the World-Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List for 2010. In the U.S. supplement industry, the argument continues as to whether or not the compound should be allowed as an ingredient. For now, it continues to be legal to make supplements that contain the compound.