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Army Studies DMAA After Deaths of Two Soldiers

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The United States Army is currently attempting to determine whether certain dietary supplements containing dimethylamylamine (DMAA) may have played a role in the deaths of two soldiers, both of whom died of heart attacks during routine physical exercises. DMAA products have recently become hugely popular among athletes and late-night partiers because of the stimulant’s ability to increase energy, concentration and metabolism. Unfortunately, dietary supplements containing DMAA have been linked to a number of serious side effects including hyperthermia, irregular heartbeats, seizures, heart attacks and strokes.

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.

DMAA Update 4/27/12: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) today sent warning letters to 10 manufacturers and distributors of DMAA-containing dietary supplements for marketing products whose safety has not been proven. Specifically, the FDA’s letters accuse the companies of marketing products for which a notification has not been submitted for the use of DMAA as a New Dietary Supplement (NDI).

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.

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What’s the problem?

In response to the deaths of the two soldiers, the Department of Defense (DoD) has banned the sale of all products containing DMAA from stores on military bases pending completion of a comprehensive safety review. However, DMAA supplements such as Jack3d and OxyElite Pro are still widely available at GNC stores and other retailers throughout the country.

Drugmakers claim that DMAA is a dietary supplement derived from geranium root, but a growing number of medical experts say that it should be reclassified as a drug, which would require approval from the FDA before it could be sold on the U.S. market. A number of prestigious sports organizations including Major League Baseball and the World Anti-Doping Authority have listed DMAA as a banned stimulant. Canada has reclassified it as a drug, and retailers there cannot sell products containing the stimulant as a dietary supplement.

In the summer of 2011, a 22-year-old soldier collapsed and died while running at a Southwestern U.S. military base. No more than three months later, a 32-year-old soldier collapsed while exercising and subsequently died after a month of intensive care in the hospital. Both soldiers were later found to have DMAA in their systems at the time of their deaths.

In addition to the deaths of the two soldiers, the Army has also received a number of reports of liver and kidney failure, seizures, loss of consciousness and rapid heartbeats in other military personnel who took DMAA-containing supplements. The Army is currently in the process of attempting to determine the link between DMAA and the reported health problems.

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Dimethylamylamine is structurally similar to amphetamine, and was originally synthesized as a nasal decongestant by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly in the 1940s. Although the company stopped marketing DMAA in the 1950s, medical literature from that era warned doctors that the substance was more potent in animals than ephedrine, an amphetamine-like stimulant.

A growing number of professional sports and supplement industry experts have claimed that companies marketing DMAA as a dietary supplement are exploiting glaring loopholes and putting the health of the public in jeopardy. Under U.S. law, substances classified as dietary supplements must contain supplemental ingredients, such as vitamins or minerals, and do not require FDA approval prior to being introduced into the market.

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