Our lawyers are investigating potential lawsuits against Driven Sports, the maker of a pre workout supplement called Craze. In April 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Craze contained an undeclared compound, making it adultered and illegal to sell as a dietary supplement. Side effects of Craze may include heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest, liver failure and kidney failure.
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FDA: Craze Bodybuilding Supplement Contains Adultered Ingredients
On April 4, 2014, the FDA issued a warning stating that Craze, a once popular sports supplement, contains a potentially dangerous undisclosed compound. The administration’s warning came just months after New York-based Driven Sports stopped making the product following an investigation by USA TODAY. In response to the problems with Craze, the company has replaced the supplement with a product called Frenzy, which is currently only selling outside the U.S.
Driven Sports is run by Matt Cahill, a felon with a long history of releasing questionable supplements through a number of different fly-by-night companies. Not surprisingly, Cahill has declined interview requests and officials at Driven have not responded to the allegations surrounding Craze supplements.
The FDA warning letter questions whether ingredients included on Craze labels as deriving from “dendrobium orchids” are actually contained in the plant. Additionally, the letter states that the proprietary blend of ingredients on the supplement’s label as "Dendrobex" make it adulterated under U.S. law, due to the fact that the administration is not aware of any evidence that the substance has been present in the food supply, and because Driven Sports failed to submit paperwork to have it included as a new dietary ingredient.
In October 2013, an independent study determined that Craze contained a "meth-like" compound known as N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine. FDA said it's not aware of this substance in the food supply, and that without paperwork declaring it as a new dietary ingredient, Craze is considered to be adulterated and illegal to sell in the U.S.
FDA’s letter goes on to state that it is aware of Driven Sports' plans to introduce new workout supplements in the future, and cautions that continued sales of products containing Dendrobex may result in their seizure and injunctions against the company. The agency also asked Cahill to attend “a meeting to discuss the products that you intend to market." Cahill was given 15 days to reply in writing about what steps were taken to correct the problems cited in the letter, and to ensure that similar violations don't occur in the future.
Olympic Bobsledder Sanctioned Over Use of Designer Supplement
In April, an international committee sanctioned a Polish bobsledder who was found to have Dendrobex in his system during the Sochi Olympics. The bobsledder blamed Craze, but Olympic officials rejected his plea, given the widespread information available before the Winter Games regarding the potential dangers posed by the supplement.
Retailers Stop Selling Craze
After last year’s investigation, Wal-Mart and other major retailers stopped selling Craze, which was named bodybuilding.com’s 2012 New Supplement of the Year. As a result of the problems surrounding the product, in October 2013 Driven Sports declared on its website that it had suspended production several months prior “...while it investigated the reports in the media regarding the safety of Craze."
Feds Consider Criminal Investigation Against Cahill, Driven Sports
It's still unclear as to whether the FDA is going to pursue a criminal investigation against Cahill and Driven Sports. In a statement to USA TODAY, the administration said it was important to issue the warning letter even though Craze was pulled off shelves last year.
"Before the warning letter was issued, the agency took immediate action by reaching out to Driven Sports to discuss discontinuing the marketing of the firm's CRAZE product," the FDA said. "Regardless of the fact that the firm discontinued marketing the product, the safety concerns associated with the product are significant enough to merit formal documentation to reinforce with Driven Sports and the industry as a whole the gravity of these safety concerns."
Congressman Henry Waxman said the FDA needs better tools to get potentially dangerous dietary supplements off the market quickly and to prevent them from being sold in the 1st place.
"This isn't the first time we've seen problems with dietary supplements marketed for performance enhancement and it won't be the last time," Waxman said. "The law puts FDA in a position of always being several steps behind those who want to market dietary supplements, including supplements that pose real risks."
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