What is quality really?

Quality manufacturingQuality steroid manufacturing. Because of so many questions I get about quality of products, I wrote this piece for people to get an understanding of the problems and fact are regarding steroids and quality.

Lets first look at how traditional pharmaceuticals are made in a proper lab. The hygiene issue aside. Firstly their is a chemist that creates a formulation of active and other ingredients all with a specific function. This formulation is blended in rations by the machine. To do this it need the actual ingredients and these gets run and tested until the on site lab verifies that the ration and formulations are spot on. The the bottling component get set up to produce a final product with exact the quantity in the vials.

This entire process uses up raw materials so it is costly. Up to 500ml is generally used. The average chemist on site will cost you US$2000 per batch upwards. This means the process is extremely expensive, 500ml of test cypionate is a a lot of vials! The testing and calibration tolerances and procedures are governed by a charter called “the best manufacturing procedure” which all good companies will subscribe to. The end result for you is that you get a hygienic product with exactly the right strengths actives and solvents in exactly the right amounts per vial.

In addition, manufacturing with this practice also ensures we can look at the expiry date and use it correctly, both to see when the product expires, but also in bodybuilding circles how much leeway we have after the expiry date.

If we compare this process to your typical underground lab you’ll see the difference. Firstly, 1 to 5 liters of solution is made by some underground lab in China in one go, simply by taking solvents and oil and adding active ingredients to it. Because we are dealing with the final product in milligrams you can see right away how crazy that is, you’ll never get the ratios even close. This bulk solution is then shipped to SA. Here the guys use standard off the shelf equipment in the garage to decant the solution and fill up vials that are then hand crimped. Beside hygiene you can appreciate how far out the product is by this stage.

Then labels get stuck on that where printed who knows when and off it goes to you, the consumer that is now going to inject this inaccurate solution into yourself and hope for the best.

Then there is the question of what you are injecting. What bothers me is that some guys tell me they got great results for an oil based winstrol. The chemists in China tell me that making an oil based winstrol is close to impossible, also the reason the real pharmaceutical companies have never made it that way. The guys are not lying, they get results, but what exactly was in the winstrol they used? We can safely say that the chances of it being real winstrol is very slim and unless you are a very seasoned user you won’t tell the difference. May that way seasoned users don’t use cheap backyard steroids.

Take the same example and extrapolate it to the testosterones. How do you know that the Enanthate you paid for is not just cheap old cypionate and so on. There are very few brands available in South Africa that are properly manufactured, for every one of them, there are 10 backyard steroid brands. Think carefully and do research before you get caught!