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When people purchase over-the-counter “natural” supplements, they expect the products to be safe. Although these products fall within the purview of the FDA, the reality is that the agency does little to protect consumers from dangerous drugs found in supplements and often only responds to consumer complaints. The FDA recently took action regarding supplements containing DMAA, a synthetic ingredient that has been linked to heart attacks and death in otherwise healthy individuals. Our drug injury attorneys file DMAA lawsuits or join class action suits on behalf of individuals harmed by this dangerous supplement.
What is DMAA?
DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine or methylhexaneamine) is a stimulant found in over-the-counter supplements touted to boost workout performance, aid in fat loss and promote muscle gain. The FDA alleges that DMAA used in supplements is not natural, but a synthetic form of a compound occurring in the geranium plant. Its chemical structure is similar to amphetamine and ephedrine, and it has a similar effect on the body as adrenaline.
DMAA is an ingredient sold under the following brand names, although the list is not exhaustive
- MuscleMeds Code Red
- Nutrex Hemo Rage Black
- Nutrex Research Lipo-6 Black
- BIORhythm SSIN Juice
- USPlabs Jack3D
- USPlabs OxyElite Pro
- Muscle Welfare Napalm
- Gaspari Spirodex
- Muscletech HydroxyStim
- Lean Efx
- SEI MethylHex 4,2
- iSatori PWR
- SNI Nitric Blast
- MuscleTech NeuroCore
FDA Position and Drug Warning on DMAA
Under the federal Dietary Health and Supplement Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), manufacturers must prove that any new dietary ingredient (NDI) is safe before releasing the product on the market. DMAA’s manufacturer failed to do so, and the FDA asserts that the synthetic form of DMAA found in these supplements is an NDI.
Accordingly, the FDA sent warning letters to 10 manufacturers of DMAA, informing them that they DMAA supplements are illegally on the market as untested NDIs. The supplement companies, who make millions in profits off DMAA, took the position that the ingredient is natural and not an NDI. The FDA continues to investigate and may eventually issue a DMAA recall. Whether the supplement is recalled or not, many people are now realizing is that DMAA is a dangerous drug.
U.S. Military Bans DMAA
In 2011, two young U.S. soldiers died in separate incidents during routine physical training, and their toxicology reports evidenced DMAA in their systems. In response to these and other reports of soldiers suffering negative side effects of DMAA, the Department of Defense has banned the supplements from sale on military bases.
DMAA Side Effects
DMAA has been linked to extreme adverse medical consequences, heart attacks and even death in otherwise healthy individuals. Taking supplements that contain DMAA may lead to:
- Heart attack or severe cardiovascular events
- Irregular heartbeat
- Narrowed blood vessels
- Increased blood pressure
- Tightening of the chest
- Lethal exhaustion
Contact our DMAA Lawyers for More Information
It is unacceptable that supplement manufacturers tout a dangerous synthetic drug as “natural” and market it over-the-counter as safe to consumers. Although the FDA is currently investigating DMAA, more people may suffer injuries or die before the supplement is completely pulled from shelves. Our DMAA attorneys hold these corporations accountable for the harm caused to innocent individuals and secure compensation to victims and families. If you have been injured or suffered a negative health consequence from DMAA, contact our firm today for a no obligation consultation.