Testosterone in general is a very popular anabolic steroid, and although there exist a plethora of different esterified variants of Testosterone as well as different Testosterone products (such as Sustanon 250), Testosterone Propionate happens to be the least popular Testosterone preparation among the three primary esterified variants (Testosterone Enanthate, Testosterone Cypionate, and Testosterone Propionate). This is not to say that Testosterone Propionate is an unpopular anabolic steroid – on the contrary, it is very popular and caters to a niche group of anabolic steroid users that prefer it among the others. It just so happens to be that due to the uncomfortable and inconvenient injections and administration schedule, Testosterone Propionate is merely the least popular of the three.
Any individual looking to buy Testosterone Propionate will not be disappointed to see that because Testosterone in general is a staple in every smart anabolic steroid user’s cycles, it too is a staple in the list of products that all sources and vendors should carry in their stock. Testosterone Propionate is the least utilized ester variant of Testosterone in the world, but is nevertheless extremely common on the anabolic steroid market.
Standard manufactured concentrations of Testosterone Propionate products are 100mg/ml, and although underground laboratories can and do often create even higher concentrations, this is rarely seen due to the chemistry involved in the amounts of co-solvents (benzyl alcohol and benzyl benzoate) involved in keeping the solution properly suspended due to the nature of Testosterone Propionate itself. However, the industry standard of pharmaceutical grade products (and most underground products) of Testosterone Propionate is 100mg/ml, 50mg/ml, and 25mg/ml.
Pharmaceutical Grade Testosterone Propionate
Although Testosterone Propionate is not as commonly used among athletes and bodybuilders as the other two popular preparations (Enanthate and Cypionate), Testosterone Propionate is just as popular and widespread on the anabolic steroid market as the other two.
It must be first mentioned that very little to no Testosterone Propionate products are being manufactured in the United States due to the various factors mentioned throughout this article thus far. Therefore, any individuals looking to buy Testosterone Propionate products of American origin should avoid them at all costs for concern that they are most likely counterfeit or fake items.
The closest Testosterone Propionate product to an American one would be the Canadian product known as Anatest, manufactured by Vetoquinol. Anatest comes in a 100mg/ml concentration contained in a 10ml multi dose vial. Canadian pharmaceutical products are known as being very high quality products that must adhere to strict and stringent standards in regards to manufacturing, dosing, sterility, etc. The one issue with this particular brand is the unfortunate fact that there are no currently existing anti-counterfeit security measures (in the form of hologram stickers or otherwise) in order to deter counterfeiting operations. Therefore, every individual should be cautious when looking to buy Testosterone Propionate of this brand. The actual rate of counterfeit Anatest products is unknown at the moment.
Following Canada in terms of Western products would be in the UK, where the pharmaceutical company Nordic manufactures a Testosterone Propionate product known as Virormone. Virormone comes in 2ml glass ampoules, dosed at 100mg/ml. These are not commonly found in the United States, but are known to circulate the anabolic steroid market within the United States occasionally. The only problem with this product is the fact that anabolic steroid manufacturing and distribution by pharmaceutical firms in the UK has become increasingly restricted in recent years as of the time of writing this profile (2013).
Mexico is a popular location to find Testosterone Propionate. This is where the company Brovel manufactures a Testosterone Propionate product for export dosed at 50mg/ml, but this is a veterinary product. Veterinary products are manufactured to generally the same standards as human pharmaceutical grade products, but may be cheaper, however.
In Eastern Europe, Balkan Pharmaceuticals located in Bulgaria manufactures Testosteron, contained in glass ampoules of a 1ml size. Contained within is Testosterone Propionate dosed at 50mg/ml. Fakes and counterfeits of this product are not a common occurrence. Also within Eastern Europe is Ukraine’s Farmak product which is a generic Testosterone Propionate product that is highly exported. It is dosed at 50mg/ml. Poland is the home to the pharmaceutical corporation Jelfa, which produces Testoseronum Propionicum dosed at 25mg/ml in 1ml glass ampoules. This Polish product is very common among Eastern Europe but is not common in the United States. Individuals in the United States will mostly be able to access this product via online pharmacies and anabolic steroid vendors operating directly out of Eastern Europe.
Counterfeits and Fakes
Individuals looking to buy Testosterone Propionate should be aware that fake product masquerading as pharmaceutical grade items is of a moderate to high concern. Being that Testosterone Propionate is one of the three major Testosterone preparations, the conclusion is that users should exercise caution when seeking pharmaceutical grade Testosterone Propionate. A single piece of advice is to ensure the purchase of glass ampoule products, as these are more difficult for counterfeit operations to fake. However, with this being said, there are counterfeit operations that are more than capable of developing glass ampoules.
Typical Pricing of Testosterone Propionate
The pricing of all anabolic steroids ultimately falls under three categories of vendors or sources:
– ‘In-person’, ‘personally known’, or ‘gym floor’ sources
– Internet website sources that limit buyers to a minimum order amount
– Internet website sources that do not limit buyers to minimum order amounts and instead allow small single-bottle orders
Prices do not vary significantly between the first two listed source types (personal sources and minimum-limit internet sources), but any individuals attempting to buy Testosterone Propionate on the internet will always make note of the distinct pricing differences between websites that set minimum order limits compared to those that do not do so. Websites that do not set minimum order limits allow individuals to buy Testosterone Propionate in very small quantities (single bottle orders, etc.), and because the vendor tends to make small sales as opposed to large quantity sales, prices are frequently inflated to make up for the logistical costs of small orders. Sources/vendors that do restrict buyers to minimum order limits will typically set a minimum limit of between $200 – $400 worth of product before allowing an order to be processed. This allows ‘minimum order limit’ sources to justify lower prices per item due to the larger sales amounts.
Typical pricing of Testosterone Propionate from sources that do not set minimum order limits will generally find pharmaceutical grade product pricing in the range of $12 – $14 for a single 1ml vial containing 100mg/ml (typically an example of pharmaceutical grade glass ampoule products). Underground product from the same type of source ranges from $100 – $120 for a single 10ml multi dose vial containing 100mg/ml.
Sources that do set minimum order limits as well as in-person sources can be found selling pharmaceutical Testosterone Propionate for approximately $4 – $6 for a single 1ml vial containing 50mg/ml (once again, a typical example of pharmaceutical grade glass ampoule products). Keep in mind that this is an example of a pharmaceutical product dosed at half of the typical 100mg/ml industry standard. As such, one could easily double the mentioned price to understand what the equivalent price would be for an actual 100mg/ml glass ampoule. Underground product from this same type of source lands in the range of $45 – $65 for a single 10ml vial containing 10mg/ml.
Legality & Laws
Lastly, every individual looking to buy Testosterone Propionate must be aware of the laws concerning anabolic steroid use in their respective country. The three major Western countries where anabolic steroid use is most prevalent will be covered. Before delving into the individual laws, it must be understood that Testosterone Propionate is classified as an anabolic steroid and therefore falls under any legislation that covers or refers to any classification of an anabolic steroid (or list of anabolic steroids) under established laws that refer to the control or prohibition of these substances.
USA: In the United States, anabolic steroids are classified as a Schedule III drug in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), originally legislated by the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990 and in 1991 scheduled under the CSA as a Schedule III drug whereby possession and use of anabolic steroids are be considered a criminal offense. The Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990 defines anabolic steroids as “as any drug or hormonal substance chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone (other than Estrogens, Progestins, and Corticosteroids) that promotes muscle growth”. Trafficking, importation, and the purchase of any anabolic steroid are treated as criminal acts. Possession of anabolic steroids carry penalties of at least 1 year in prison and a $1,000 fine for an individual’s first offense under federal law. Trafficking under federal law carries a five year prison sentence and a $250,000 minimum fine if it is a first-offense. Second offenses double the aforementioned penalties. Aside from federal law, individual states have also imposed additional varying state laws in regards to the illegal use and/or trafficking of anabolic steroids.
UK/England: In the United Kingdom, anabolic steroids fall under Class C drugs for their abuse potential, but are specifically scheduled as Schedule IV drugs, whereby possession and use of anabolic steroids is legal for personal use. Importing anabolic steroids for personal use and possession is also not a felony.
Canada: In Canada, a similar law to that of the UK runs true where anabolic steroids are classified as a Schedule IV drug, whereby possession and use of anabolic steroids is not a felony and is legal. However, trafficking of the substance is a felony. As stated in the Canadian CDSA (Controlled Drugs and Substances Act), trafficking penalties range from a maximum $1000 fine for a first offence and/or maximum 6 months imprisonment to a maximum $2000 fine for subsequent offences and/or maximum 1 year imprisonment.