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MHRA: Source of DMAA Irrelevant

As the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) investigation into DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine) widens, it has gone on record to state that the plant or synthetic origin of the stimulant is not important. “The MHRA has received a number of complaints about products containing DMAA, which was developed as a vasoconstrictor in the 1940s,” the MHRA said. In recent months, a number of serious side effects have been increasingly linked to DMAA including seizures, heart injury, kidney and liver failure, and death.

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

What’s the problem?

March 16, 2012 – According to a recent press release issued by the UK medicines regulator, “The MHRA responds to complaints about products on an case-by-case basis. MHRA encourages anyone who has a complaint or a concern to contact us with details of the product and where they bought it so that we can investigate. Whether the product is or is not of herbal origin is not relevant under UK legislation although we understand that it is under US legislation.” 

To date, the MHRA claims that it has only contacted one company – Predator Nutrition – about the DMAA allegedly contained in its products.

“The MHRA are only aware of the two visits made to Predator Nutrition,” a spokesperson said, although the agency had previously stated that it had warned at least four different retailers to stop selling USP Labs’ OxyElite Pro and Ergophram’s Ergopharm Ergolean AMP.

Richard Dennett of Aurora Nutrition said that his company had been contacted by the MHRA, and was informed by the agency that a DMAA dietary supplement crackdown was in full swing.

“The MHRA statement conflicts with what its Borderline team are actually saying to retailers on the ground… Jack3d was the first product we were told to remove,” Dennett commented in a NutraIngredients ( article.

“They have told us, categorically, that DMAA must be withdrawn from sale, cannot be advertised, that enforcement on herbal supplements was now geared up for 2012 prior to the Olympics and that over 40 retailers were on the initial list.”

Dennett added: “We’re happy to remove all DMAA products as we do not wish to break the law though we’re terribly confused by this sort of statement which doesn’t jibe with what we’re told by enforcement officers on our store premises while they work through inspecting our shelves and telling us we’re criminals for retailing products that we had no notice of changes until 3 or 4 people demanded entry.”

Along with the MHRA, Health Canada and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) are also currently in the process of conducting investigations into the safety and efficacy of DMAA. The controversy surrounding the popular dietary supplement ingredient was ignited when two U.S. soldiers who died during routine exercises were found to have DMAA in their systems. The issue of whether or not DMAA is synthetically manufactured or derived from the geranium plant is also currently being debated. To date, at least two class action lawsuits in the United States have been filed against manufacturers or retailers of DMAA products.

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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 suffered a serious injury you feel may have been caused 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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