FDA Takes Weight Loss Supplement off the Market

by: Prince, Glover & Hayes Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

This month, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced that DMAA, the ingredient most commonly used in supplements promising weight loss, muscle building and performance enhancement, can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest.

FDA has received 60 reports of illnesses and death associated with supplements containing DMAA. The illnesses reported include heart problems and nervous system or psychiatric disorders. FDA has warned companies known to be using DMAA in dietary supplements that those products containing this ingredient are illegal.

As FDA continues the process needed to get DMAA off the market, the agency is urging consumers to check labels and avoid any dietary supplements containing DMAA, which is referred to on different product labels by 10 possible names. The alternatives are listed at FDA’s DMAA web page (http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/QADietarySupplements/ucm346576.htm).

For further information please refer to www.fda.gov/consumer.

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