August 30, 2012 – Ending months of speculation and widespread ambiguity, the United Kingdom has finally banned the controversial dietary supplement ingredient dimethylamylamine (DMAA). The move came after the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) won an appeal against a major retailer of Jack3d, the nation’s most popular DMAA-containing workout product. The ban will reportedly include Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, and all other supplements containing the ingredient.
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What’s the problem?
According to an MHRA spokesperson, the agency had been waiting for the appeal verdict before it decided whether or not to ban DMAA outright throughout the entire United Kingdom. The appeal was filed by an as-of-yet unnamed Jack3d retailer, after it received a warning letter from the MHRA earlier this year.
“We are glad that we have been able to confirm the illegal status of Jack3D and DMAA after the ruling determined that Jack3D was indeed an unlicensed medicine,” the spokesperson said. “Our Borderline and Enforcement teams are remaining vigilant on this and further retailers have been identified.”
DMAA is typically used by gym-goers as a pre-workout dietary supplement, and also by women as a weight loss aid. The substance has come under scrutiny in recent months, as questions have been raised about whether or not it is derived from the geranium plant. DMAA has been banned or seriously restricted in a number of countries throughout the European Union (EU), Australia, New Zealand, the Unites States and Canada. The increased enforcement has led to widespread product removal and reformulation, as well as a growing number of lawsuits filed against DMAA manufacturers in courthouses around the country.
In the wake of London’s recent Olympic games, the MHRA also noted that DMAA had been named in more athlete doping offenses over the past two years than any other drug on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) prohibited list of more than 240 substances.
Graham Arthur, legal director at the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKADA) said the nation’s ban on DMAA was “a significant step forward for all competitive athletes as DMAA is a banned substance ‘in-competition’ that frequently appears in over the counter and internet bought products but not clearly on the label.”
For the non-professional athlete who uses DMAA for weight loss purposes or to push their own personal training, David Carter, the MHRA’s Medicines Borderline Section manager, said: “People need to be aware when choosing their sports supplements. These products may claim to increase performance but contain powerful ingredients which can have serious side-effects.”
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