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Provision or Distribution of Growth Hormone for “Antiaging”:  Clinical and Legal Issues

Thomas T. Perls, MD, MPH; Neal R. Reisman, MD, JD; S. Jay Olshansky, PhD
JAMA. 2005;294(16):2086-2090. doi:10.1001/jama.294.16.2086.
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The distribution and marketing of human growth hormone (HGH or GH) via Web sites and antiaging clinics has grown into a multimillion-dollar antiaging industry.14 Despite congressional hearings warning of deceptive marketing claims and the potential health and economic dangers associated with the antiaging industry,5,6 and statements issued by the National Institute on Aging79 and the Federal Trade Commission,10 the distribution and use of GH for antiaging is now common. For example, entering the terms “HGH” and “anti-aging” into the Google search engine generated 3 410 000 hits as of September 26, 2005, many representing Web sites and clinics marketing and selling GH.

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