Dietary Supplements with DMAA Still Available Online
A research study reveals that dietary supplements containing the unapproved ingredient 1, 3-dimethylamine (DMAA) are freely available online despite a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the manufacturers about the safety of the products.
Medpage Today reports that 16 DMAA-containing products manufactured by 10 companies were up for sale through online retailers and the companies' websites months after the FDA warning that their products failed to meet safety requirements.
The finding is a part of a research letter published in the Archives of Internal Medicine online.
DMAA products are associated with at least 2 deaths among more than 40 adverse events that were reported, according to the study.
The researcher further points out that none of the companies’ websites revealed that their products contain a substance which is “illegal, adulterated, or otherwise not permitted for sale," writes Medpage Today.
DMAA is a popular weight-loss and bodybuilding supplement ingredient that is touted as natural. However, it is entirely synthetic according to a chemical analysis of the substance done in July 2012 and published in Drug Testing and Analysis.
The FDA has said that the substance is "known to narrow blood vessels and arteries." DMAA has been linked to reports of dangerous and life-threatening side effects including:
• Sudden death
• Heart attack
• Kidney damage and kidney failure
• Liver damage and liver failure
Other potential side effects of include increased heart rate and blood pressure, heart failure, shortness of breath, seizures, loss of consciousness, muscle breakdown, headache, nausea, DMAA addiction, and psychiatric disorders.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by an unsafe dietary supplement, contact Sokolove Law today for a free legal consultation and to find out if a dangerous drugs lawyer may be able to help you.