Jintropin is the brand name for a synthetic human growth hormone product, which is made by the Chinese company GeneScience. Jintropin is used to treat GH deficiency and a few other legitimate disorders (see Growth hormone treatment). It also has a number of controversial uses (see HGH controversies).
Jintropin is approved for use in China. It is not approved for sale or import in the United States or Australia. Since early 2007, GeneScience has stated on its website that it does not ship Jintropin out of China, but the United States accuses the company of supplying human growth hormone smuggled into the U.S.
Sylvester Stallone was found guilty of importing 48 vials of Jintropin into Australia on a 2007 trip to promote the film Rocky Balboa. He was ordered to pay a A$12,975 fine.
In September 2007, a U.S. federal grand jury indicted GeneScience and its CEO, Lei Jin, on charges of smuggling. U.S. authorities say that Jin imported illegal growth hormone into the country and marketed the drugs through web sites under the brand name "Jinotropin."
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