BMPEA, a powerful amphetamine-like stimulant found in many popular dietary supplements, has been linked to reports of hemorrhagic stroke and other serious side effects.
Free BMPEA Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a stroke or other injury after taking a dietary supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What is BMPEA?
Beta-methylphenylethylamine, or BMPEA, belongs to the phenethylamine family of chemicals, which also includes amphetamines and hallucinogens like mescaline. Although it is unknown specifically what phenethylamines do to the human body, they have been shown to raise blood pressure and heart rates in laboratory animals. BMPEA is classified as a doping agent by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) because it is chemically similar to amphetamine.
Harvard Study Finds Amphetamine-Like Stimulant in 11 Products
On April 7, 2015, a research team led by Pieter Cohen of Harvard Medical School published a study which found BMPEA in 11 of 21 supplements that listed acacia rigidula in their ingredients. Cohen said the manufacturers were spiking their products with BMPEA and then hiding it under the name of the plant to make it look like the substance was a natural botanical extract.
Cohen said the FDA should warn consumers immediately about BMPEA and take action to eliminate it from the market. “Let’s not wait until we have a body count,” he said. “Just get the job done.”
FDA Warns of BMPEA Dangers
On April 23, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter to 5 dietary supplement manufacturers, warning them that their BMPEA-containing products were amphetamine-like and potentially dangerous. The letter was sent in response to pressure from scientists and government officials who urged the FDA to pull BMPEA off the market.
The agency discovered BMPEA in workout and weight loss supplements in 2013, when it tested 21 products that listed an obscure plant called acacia rigidula in their ingredients. FDA determined that 9 of the supplements contained BMPEA, but it didn’t release the names of the products or issue a warning about their risk.
Senators Urge FDA to Take Action Against Adultered Supplements
Days after Cohen’s study was published, Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) demanded that the FDA ban BMPEA “and make sure the companies involved are held accountable.” Two other senators, Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) soon followed suit, urging the agency to take “swift, appropriate, regulatory action against these mislabeled and deceptive dietary supplements.”
What Supplements Contain BMPEA?
- Jetfuel T-300
- Jetfuel Superburn
- Jacked Power
- Aro Black Series Burn
- Dexaprine XR
- Black Widow
- Lipodrene Hardcore
- Lipodrene Xtreme
- Yellow Scorpion
- Yellow nEuphoria
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Hemorrhagic Stroke Symptoms
- Sudden weakness
- Paralysis or numbness in any part of the body
- Inability to speak
- Inability to control eye movements correctly
- Difficulty walking
- Irregular breathing
Do I Have a BMPEA Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in BMPEA Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new stroke cases in all 50 states.
Free BMPEA Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by a dietary supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.