The safety of USPlabs’ popular pre-workout dietary supplement Jack3d has been called into question after the deaths of two U.S. Army soldiers who were found to have the stimulant in their systems. Jack3d was subsequently banned on all U.S. military facilities, and is currently being investigated by the surgeons general. Serious side effects reported in Jack3d users include seizures, heart injury, kidney and liver failure, and death.
DMAA Update 5/8/12: Ten days after the FDA sent letters to a number of dietary supplement manufacturers requesting safety information on their DMAA-containing products, Harvard researcher Dr. Pieter Cohen is calling for an outright nationwide ban on the controversial ingredient. “The main message about DMAA is that it should be avoided,” says Cohen, who is an internist at Cambridge Health Alliance and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “This ingredient should never have been in supplements in first place.” Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 5/7/12: As DMAA’s future regulatory status appears bleak, dietary supplement manufacturers are scrambling to come up with effective alternatives. But the question remains, will DMAA’s replacement be safe to use as directed, or something just as controversial? Click here to learn more.
DMAA Lawsuit Update 5/4/12: Four DMAA supplement manufacturers who received warning letters from the FDA late last month have been slapped with class action lawsuits alleging their products are ‘illegal and dangerous.’ The litigation process will be watched closely, as the cases center around a hotly-debated point of contention regarding new dietary ingredients (NDIs): that synthetic versions of botanical derivatives are not classified as dietary ingredients, and are therefore not permitted for use in supplement products. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 3/9/12: DMAA is to be banned in New Zealand after numerous reports of serious side effects and at least one stroke. It is the first substance other than a synthetic cannabinoid to be banned in New Zealand using the Temporary Class Drug Notices, and is scheduled to be completely off the country’s store shelves by early next month. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 3/7/12: Drugmakers and retailers that deal in dietary supplements containing DMAA are coming under increased scrutiny as questions of source and safety mount. The central issue currently causing the most debate about DMAA is the question of whether the stimulant is – as many supplement companies content – derived from the geranium plant, or whether it is a synthetically manufactured compound. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 3/6/12: Dietary supplements containing DMAA are being stripped from retail shelves and online catalogues in the UK as part of a crackdown on supplement makers by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). To date, the agency has ordered several companies to stop selling DMAA-containing pre-workout supplements like Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, and Hemo Rage Black. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 3/5/12: A new study has concluded that geranium oils do not contain the stimulant dimethylamylamine (DMAA), an ingredient in a number of best-selling dietary supplements. The new research once again questions an antiquated study often cited by pre-workout and weight loss supplement companies who market DMAA-containing products. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 3/2/12: U.S. Army soldiers will be test subjects in the first government-funded study into the side effects of DMAA. The research will be aimed at determining whether there is a link between the substance and reports of dangerous health conditions. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Lawsuit Update 2/28/12: DMAA has been illegally and unsafely sold in a variety of best-selling sports supplements, according to a class action lawsuit filed this month in Los Angeles federal court. The court filings accuse DMAA of being “illegal and dangerous,” and state that “experts in the industry have become concerned that this potent stimulant drug will lead to serious health issues and even death.” Click here to learn more.
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What’s the problem with Jack3d?
Manufactured and marketed by USPlabs, Jack3d is a powerful pre-workout nitric oxide (NO) stimulant. Dietary supplements in the NO class are designed to increase the body’s natural production of nitric oxide, which is supposed to:
- widen blood vessels
- increase nutrient delivery
- increase levels of anabolic hormones
- increase strength required for the muscle-building and recovery process
Jack3d contains an extremely powerful yet controversial stimulant known as 1,3 dimethylamylamine (DMAA). This substance is designed to give the user increased workout intensity, focus, and other effects associated with elevated adrenaline levels. Unfortunately, DMAA has come under intense scrutiny by federal health regulators due to its potential for serious side effects and life-threatening complications.
The regulatory status and safety of the DMAA contained in Jack3d has recently been challenged by Health Canada. There has been an ongoing debate about whether the substance, which was first synthesized by Eli Lilly in the 1940’s, is a constituent of geranium, with the consensus growing that it is not. Health Canada issued a statement claiming that DMAA is not naturally found in geranium, and that any products containing it should require drug authorization. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to rule on the safety and efficacy of DMAA, while various trade groups are conducting independent research on their own.
Jack3d Side Effects
Jack3d has been associated with the following serious side effects:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart attack
- Liver damage or liver failure
- Kidney damage or kidney failure
- Psychiatric side effects
- Elevated blood pressure
- Sudden cardiac death
Other, less severe side effects linked to Jack3d use include:
- Skin reactions
- Profuse perspiration
- Itchy scalp and skin
Jack3d Class Action Lawsuit
In a lawsuit filed against USPlabs in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, plaintiff Johnnie Pacheco argues that Jack3d contains DMAA in a “synthetic form that is both illegal and dangerous.” Pacheco also claims that USPlabs has been making false and misleading statements about the drug’s safety and efficacy. The plaintiff is seeking damages on behalf of all California residents who have purchased Jack3d and a similar product, OxyELITE Pro, at any time during the past four years.
Citing the FDA’s recent draft guidance on new dietary supplements (NDIs), Pacheco’s lawsuit claims that the administration does not consider synthetic botanical constituents to be dietary ingredients, even if they are chemically indistinguishable from their ‘natural’ counterparts. The complaint states:
“Defendant’s DMAA, because it is synthetic, cannot be a constituent of a botanical and cannot qualify as a dietary ingredient and be legally sold in a supplement… nor could it be an extract of a botanical…. because it was not actually extracted from a botanical.”
The plaintiff goes on to claim that even if DMAA is a geranium extract that was approved under the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), USPlabs should still be required to file an NDI notification for Jack3d and OxyElite. Pacheco states that this is because the chemical makeup of the geranium allegedly contained in the supplements is not likely to be the same as any geranium extract approved under DSHEA. Finally, the lawsuit alleges that “no reliable clinical research” can support claims made by the manufacturer about the safety of Jack3d and OxyElite.
Do You Have a Jack3d Lawsuit?
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