March 27, 1991

The Prescription and Proscription of Chorionic Gonadotropin

Author Affiliations

New York, NY

New York, NY

JAMA. 1991;265(12):1529. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460120043031

To the Editor.—  The Council Report, "Medical and Nonmedical Uses of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids,"1 concludes with recommendations for legislative and legal initiatives to control the prescription and distribution of anabolicandrogenic steroids. In addition to Alabama, California, and Florida, which are mentioned as having scheduled the drugs under their state controlled substance acts, the New York State legislature in December 1989 passed a law that reclassifies anabolic steroids as Schedule II, controlled substances. This law, which went into effect on January 12, 1990, requires that all anabolic and androgenic steroids be subject to the same inventory and ordering controls as Schedule II narcotics, barbiturates, and related compounds. This includes the requirement that the steroids be prescribed on a New York State triplicate prescription form and that they may not be prescribed or administered without first obtaining the informed consent of the patient or a person legally authorized to give consent on