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History of underground, vet grade, and pharmacy grade steroids – Geneza, Euro Pharma, Balkan, Dragon and more

History of underground, vet grade, and pharmacy grade steroids - Geneza Pharma, Euro Pharma, Balkan, Dragon Pharma, XT Labs, Alpha Pharma, Pivotal labs, Pharmacom labs...

Over the past 2-3 decades, there has been an evolution when it comes to where your steroids are coming from. In many cases, underground labs have become equal to or even exceeded what pharmaceutical grade steroids have to offer. 30 years ago if you bought Pharmacy grade steroids you were overpaying, today underground labs (UG labs) offer the same quality for less than half the price.

In the early 2000s, people on forms were arguing about what was better between Pharmacy grade, Veterinary grade, or Human grade. Around the middle 2000s, labs like Animal Power and Tokyo Labs were one of the first ones to do high concentration steroids, then towards the end of that decade, you started to get the first popular underground labs. Over the next decade, underground labs started to take over in the USA due to the high rate of package seizures coming in.

steroid use pro sports bodybuilding

steroid use pro sports bodybuilding

The only way you could get pharmacy quality by this time was via a script from your doctor or going overseas. Today, the argument about which is better is pretty much gone for these reasons and underground labs have managed to corner the market.  With that, the market has separated the lower-end toilet gear from the high-quality products that are no different than pharmacy quality.

In 2021, it is conservative to estimate that at least 90% of all steroids purchased in the USA are underground. Only 10% of the 90% are considered pharmaceutical grade UG labs, the rest are complete garbage.  In this article, we will discuss the top 10% of the brands, the best of the best on the market today.

History of underground, vet grade, and pharmacy grade steroids


What should I look for in a brand?

The most important things in a brand are quality, a long track record of happy buyers, and great customer service that backs their product.

Brands should provide ester choices. For example, you should have Masteron Propionate and Masteron Enanthate. Since Masteron only exists in pharma quality in Propionate ester, having that option to inject less often (enanthate ester) is important for flexibility.

Masteron was developed in 1959, alongside anadrol, by Syntex Pharmaceuticals, but it did not hit the market until 1970. At first, it was sold under the brand names Masteril and Drostanolonum. Later, when Eli Lilly received a license for the drug, it was sold as Drolban. First developed to combat breast cancer, today it is used exclusively for bodybuilding as a cutting steroid. Read More...

Selection is important- You need a brand that has different steroids available so you can experiment and try different stacks together.

Finally, a good brand has products in stock where you can pick what you want and don’t have to change your plans to fit their stock schedule.

Geneza Pharma

Geneza Pharma

Geneza Pharma is a very strong lab, they are thought to have actual licensing in Europe. It came around the time that British Dragon was leaving the market. Geneza has a fantastic product line and does a great job of catering to the steroid hardcore user. Their products are shipped through sachets and bags which is a great idea to get through borders. They sell mixes, blends, injectables, and orals across the board. Typically you shouldn’t buy blends from most sources, but Geneza is such high quality that you don’t have to worry.  In addition, Geneza has shipping via domestic routes where you don't have to order it international.

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Euro-Pharmacies has been around for a very long time. They have injectables, orals, different steroids, ancillaries you need on cycle and during post cycle. So they cover you from A to Z the whole way and have you taken care of. They have all the major esters of steroids, the only downside is they might not have some rare steroids you might be looking for. But they have all the major ones you are looking for.

Sustanon Cycle

Sustanon Cycle

They also have some interesting products including a Sustanon 500mgs/ml product, and they also have some mixes such as a Testosterone/Equipoise mix and a Trenbolone and Testosterone mix. This saves you injecting and saves you money.

Sustanon 250 is the trade name for an injectable steroid designed to be a sustained-release testosterone shot. As the name indicates, the product has 250mg of testosterone per 1milliliter. By combining four different testosterone esters in the mix, the designers of Sustanon 250 were trying to eliminate the peak and trough in blood serum levels that using only a single ester would create. This created one of the best testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) steroids on the market. Read More...

They are known to be very consistent with their products and reliable. A lot of sources carry them for this reason because they are very trustworthy.

XT Labs

XT Labs

XT Labs sponsors athletes on social media, including some gorgeous females and males too. They don’t do steroid blends like the above brands, but they have high concentration single compound products. They are known for managing their product line just like a supplement company would, in terms of how they market their products online. They even have a clothing line which online models show off. It is a good lab that has been up and coming.

Alpha Pharma

Alpha Pharma

Alpha-Pharma has been around quite a few years. The cool thing about them is their products come very professionally done. They have some very nice-looking ampules and vials, which look just like what you would get from an actual pharmacy. Their orals are also very professionally packaged and they have all the ancillaries you would want. They also have things like Clenbuterol and Halotestin which they are well known for. They sell all the major injectable steroids and they also have everything you need on cycle or for PCT.

Clenbuterol is mainly used as a fat-loss drug; almost exclusively in cutting cycles. Most users are amazed at the increase in lean mass after clen use. That's because studies have shown that it can increase your fat free mass and increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR), while acting as an anti-catabolic and anabolic. Read More...

Dragon Pharma

Dragon Pharma

Dragon Pharma has good product quality, but they are most well known for carrying products that you might not find in many places. They sell Accutane which a lot of guys look for on cycle to help with acne, they also sell cheque drops which are taken by hardcore athletes before an event to get wired up.

They also sell some good cutting mixes for lowering body fat. They have stimulant mixes which contain Yohimbe, clenbuterol, etc. Steroids that they carry are the regular ones, but they also carry oral prohormones and oral trenbolone which is very hard to find. They are a very good meathead brand and their pricing is very competitive.

Pivotal Labs

Pivotal Labs is a smaller outfit than some of the other brands in this article. They do have all your normal main steroids, but they don’t seem to carry options for ancillaries, drugs, and cutting products. They specialize in just a few of the main steroids, with that they can produce a larger amount at a time and price things lower than other brands. They have also been around long enough to build a strong client base and they are domestic so you don’t have to order them from overseas. But they aren’t a 1 stop shop for everything you might need.


Pharmacom is sort of new to the game, but they came along very fast and hard. They have a very clean pharma-looking brand. They don’t have many options for mixes, but they mostly stick to 1 compound that is well put together in both ampules and vials. They have solid products that you can verify online to make sure they are the legit ones on their website.

Balkan Pharma

These guys have been around for around 20 years or so. Their oral steroids are the most popular and they are very professionally packaged. They also have excellent injectables and have increased their popularity over time. A lot of guys depend on them in Europe especially, and over the past 5 years they have grown in the USA. They have over 200 employees including doctors and engineers in Moldova, which is the steroid capital of the world, where they specialize in producing great steroid products.


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Lev Butlerov holds a Masters Degree in Biology, he is NASM Certified, ISSA Certified, The National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) certified and is currently working on his American Council on Exercise (ACE) certificate. From Lev: I love bodybuilding and the biology, chemistry of the industry. It's my hobby and my love. I have done multiple bodybuilding shows, 2 in Germany in the past 5 years. I hope everyone enjoys my articles. In 2021 (going into 2022, 2023) I will be working on my PhD thesis in physiotherapy and biochemistry, I hope to have some of the bits published here.

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    Where do you recommend I buy geneza pharma gear?
    I checked but so many websites sell it it’s hella confusing.
    Btw..I cycled before so listening to the podcast was interested in trying the geneza brand they were talking about, mainly winstrol and tren.

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