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Feds ask Judge to Reject Hi-Tech’s Motion in DMAA Lawsuit

The U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal judge to reject a request by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc. to vacate an order stating that the manufacturer’s DMAA supplements are adulterated.

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What’s the problem?

May 3, 2017 – In a summary order issued last month, U.S. District Judge Willis B. Hunt, Jr., ruled in favor of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and against Hi-Tech when he declared that 1, 3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA) is not a dietary ingredient, and that Hi-Tech’s DMAA-containing supplements are adulterated and subject to seizure.

Jared Wheat, President and principal owner of Hi-Tech, has vowed to file an appeal if Judge Hunt declines to vacate his judgment. Under procedural rules, Hi-Tech and Wheat must file a reply to the Justice Department’s May 1 memorandum before Hunt rules on the company’s motion for reconsideration.

Hi-Tech objected to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ interpretation of the term “botanical” and what comprises a “constituent” of a botanical under the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA); however, the Justice Department argued that the “court applied the canons of statutory construction to give the statutory terms their ordinary meaning.”

First introduced as a nasal decongestant in 1948, DMAA was withdrawn as an approved drug in the 1970s after tests found that the substance was structurally similar to ephedra. Often touted as a ‘natural stimulant,’ supplement manufacturers base this assertion on a highly questionable study from a now-defunct journal claiming it was a derivative of geranium oil.

In 2012, FDA warned supplement manufacturers to remove DMAA from their products. However, Hi-Tech and Wheat have challenged the agency’s position in a drawn out court case that could continue through 2018.

Courts cannot rule in favor of a party on summary judgment unless there are no genuine disputes regarding a material fact. But Hi-Tech’s argument, according to the feds, represents an attempt to put new evidence into the record.

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