June 20, 2012 – 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.’ Over the past several years, DMAA has been increasingly linked to a number of potentially life-threatening side effects including seizures, heart injury, kidney and liver failure, and death.
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.
Free DMAA Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by 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?
According to FSANZ Deputy Chief Executive Officer Melanie Fisher, the following products are being investigated after numerous complaints were filed with local government agencies:
- 3-D explosion
- 1 MR
- Oxyelite powder
- Hemo Rage Black
“DMAA has been linked in other countries with various adverse health effects including high blood pressure and vomiting and there have been a couple of adverse health reports in Australia,” Fisher said. “Regulatory agencies are working together to assess the products’ safety and are currently seeking the assistance of retailers; importers and distributors on a withdrawal of the products.”
In March, New Zealand health authorities moved to classify DMAA as a narcotic, while both the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have issued stern warning letters to manufactures and distributors of DMAA-containing products. DMAA is currently classified as a prohibited substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and was the cause of 123 doping bans in 2010 – the most of any banned substance.
DMAA Side Effects
Serious side effects associated with DMAA include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart attack
- Liver damage or liver failure
- Kidney damage or kidney failure
- Psychiatric side effects
- Elevated blood pressure
- Sudden cardiac death
Other, less severe side effects commonly reported in DMAA users include:
- Skin reactions
- Profuse perspiration
- Itchy scalp and skin
The central issue currently causing the most debate about DMAA is the question of whether the stimulant is – as many supplement companies content – derived from the geranium plant, or whether it is a synthetically manufactured compound. Is it authorized for use in dietary supplements or not?
The sourcing issue is of particular relevance to DMAA manufacturers, because if the stimulant does indeed come from the geranium plant, then botanical grandfathering may be key to the ingredient’s legitimacy. USP Labs, which manufactures DMAA-containing dietary supplements such as Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, claims to have scientific evidence that the substance does indeed come from special geraniums from the Rongjiang region of the Guizhou province, but it has yet to come forward with the documents.
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 been injured by 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.