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DMAA Banned in New Zealand

The controversial dietary supplement ingredient dimethylamylamine (DMAA) is to be banned in New Zealand after numerous reports of serious side effects and at least one stroke. Its widespread use in the country led to health concerns regarding complications including high blood pressure, headaches and vomiting. Here at home in the United States, DMAA has been increasingly linked to seizures, heart injury, kidney and liver failure, and death.

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 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). Click here to learn more.

Free DMAA Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury after taking a dietary supplement that contained DMAA, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the supplement and we can help.

What’s the problem?

March 9, 2012 – Yesterday, New Zealand Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne used legislation originally intended to combat synthetic marijuana to ban the popular stimulant DMAA.

Dr. Leo Schep of the National Poisons Center in Dunedin said that he had seen at least case of a stroke being linked to the controversial ingredient. “There are people out there who are susceptible. And people in New Zealand have stroked out – they’ve had strokes.”

DMAA is a powerful stimulant allegedly derived from geranium plant oil that is typically mixed with any number of other ingredients to make workout supplements and party pills. It is designed to affect the body’s central nervous system (CNS), providing a euphoric rush similar to that of a spike in adrenaline. Dimethylamylamine was first synthesized and patented by Eli Lilly in 1944 as a nasal decongestant, and is currently found in a great number of dietary supplements and bodybuilding products including Jack3d and OxyElite Pro.

Last month, the United States army banned all DMAA-containing products from stores on military bases after two soldiers died during routine training exercises. Both soldiers were found to have DMAA in their systems at the time of their deaths. The army has also received numerous reports of liver and kidney failure in other soldiers who took supplements that contained DMAA.

Dimethylamylamine 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.

DMAA Side Effects

DMAA has been increasingly linked to the following serious side effects:

  • Hyperthermia
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Liver damage or liver failure
  • Kidney damage or kidney failure
  • Psychiatric side effects
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Sudden cardiac death

To date, DMAA-containing dietary supplements have been the subject of several proposed class action lawsuits in the United States. In November 2011, Florida’s BPI Sports was hit with a proposed class action in California, and a similar complaint was filed against USPLabs in January 2012. The suit alleges that OxyElite Pro and Jack3d contain DMAA in a “synthetic form that is both illegal and dangerous.”

Do You Have a DMAA 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 DMAA lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new seizure, heart injury, kidney and liver failure, and death cases in all 50 states.

Free DMAA Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by DMAA, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a DMAA injury suit and we can help.

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