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Is it legal to use human growth hormone as an anti-aging treatment?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Interestingly, the use of human growth hormone may be illegal unless the treatment is for a recognized medical disease. According to lawyer and plastic surgeon Neal Reisman, M.D., J.D., federal law 21 USC Section 333(e) restricts the use of this hormone. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows it only in adult acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) patients and in people with true growth hormone deficiency. Unlike most other drugs, off-label use for non approved indications is illegal. The FDA has already warned websites distributing growth hormone that prison penalties and fines may be forthcoming. Physicians who prescribe human growth hormone may be committing a fraudulent and perhaps criminal act by prescribing this drug for cosmetic or anti-aging reasons.
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