TRT use now prohibited in California

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Zach Arnold from FIghtOpinion attended an eight-hour California State Athletic Commission meeting on Monday, and reports that until further notice, there will no Therapeutic Use Exemptions for Testosterone Replacement Therapy.

On the meeting’s agenda, there was this item: “Subcommittee on Therapeutic Use Exemption — Discussion and possible action regarding draft policy.”

Rule 303, which was pushed to try to open up the Therapeutic Use Exemption process for testosterone use, was challenged at Monday’s hearing by Department of Consumer Affairs lawyer Michael Santiago. Karen Chappelle, attorney from the Attorney General’s office in Los Angeles, backed the current behavior regarding allowing fighters to use testosterone despite not having any text passed by the state legislature. Santiago, said that until there is a statute/regulation on the books regarding testosterone that the commission should not be using an ‘underground’ policy of approving T usage. He argued that testosterone is considered a banned substance.

The end result is that fighters like Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, and Frank Mir will not be allowed to use testosterone while fighting in California until a law is on the books that explicitly spells out approval for T usage.

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CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster today told MMAjunkie.com that although there would be no new TUE given, existing ones would be honored.