May 22, 2012 – Recently banned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Department of Defense, and Internet retail behemoth Amazon.com, the controversial dietary supplement ingredient DMAA may seriously threaten GNC’s stock price and create liabilities for the company in the near future. According to an article published earlier this month in the Wall Street Journal, DMAA-containing dietary supplements account for a substantial percentage of GNC’s revenues. In recent months, dietary supplements containing DMAA have been linked to a number of serious side effects including hyperthermia, irregular heartbeats, seizures, heart attacks and strokes.
DMAA Update 7/16/12: Researchers from the University of Texas, Arlington, recently tested and compared a number of DMAA-containing dietary supplements against commercially available geranium extracts, and detected no presence of the controversial substance in the geranium samples. The source of DMAA is a hot button issue as of late, because it could ultimately determine the outcome of a string of class action lawsuits filed against DMAA manufacturers and distributors. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 6/20/12: This week, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) warned Australians not to consume dietary supplements containing the controversial ingredient dimethylamylamine (DMAA). The Australian Federal Department of Health and Ageing and the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling are considering a ban on the substance, and are set to meet at the end of the month when the problem will be ‘urgently discussed.’ Click here to learn more.
Free DMAA Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury after taking a DMAA-containing dietary supplement, 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?
The popular diet and workout supplement ingredient DMAA has been at the center of considerable controversy for months. First, the substance was banned for use by U.S. olympic team members, then it was pulled from the shelves of military bases after two service members who died were found to have it in their systems. Most recently, reports from New Zealand have indicated at least three cases of cerebral hemorrhages associated with DMAA.
In addition to the deaths of the two service members, the Army has also stated that it has received reports of acute kidney and liver failure, loss of consciousness, seizures and rapid heartbeat in soldiers who took DMAA-containing dietary supplements. One reported study of OxyElite Pro identified side effects including cold sweats and increased blood pressure that could lead to serious heart problems.
Last year, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) issued a press release stating that regulatory laws in governing products marketed as ‘dietary supplements’ are lax, and that the agency was lobbying for tighter regulations. The press release went on to note that some products listing ‘geranium‘ as an ingredient may actually contain DMAA.
The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) has stated that supplement makers should not label DMAA as geranium oil, or as any other part of the geranium plant, due to the fact that only one questionable study is repeatedly referenced to show that DMAA is a naturally-occurring constituent of geranium oil (Ping, Z.; Jun, Q. & Qing, L. (1996), ‘A Study on the Chemical Constituents of Geranium Oil, Journal of Guizhou Institute of Technology 25 (1): 82–85).
For its part, GNC has vigorously defended the DMAA-containing dietary supplements it sells, claiming that they are completely safe to use as directed. Regardless of GNC’s position on the matter, industry experts are cautioning buyers of the company’s products and stocks, and urging franchisees to check their insurance coverage.
Do I 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 side effects cases in all 50 states.
Free DMAA Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury after taking a DMAA-containing dietary supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a DMAA injury suit and we can help.