July 14, 2016 — Dietary supplements containing a banned stimulant called oxilofrine or “methylsynephrine” remain widely available online despite FDA warnings in April.
The World Anti-Doping Agency and other major sports organizations have banned athletes from using oxilofrine. Its effects are similar to ephedrine, which was banned by the FDA in 2005.
In April, the FDA issued warning letters to seven companies selling oxilofrine-laced supplements.
Just a few days later, Harvard researcher Dr. Pieter Cohen published a study in Drug Testing and Analysis that found oxilofrine in 14 out of 27 supplements with “methylsynephrine” on the label. The highest-dose product had twice the usual adult dose and three times the usual adolescent dose, according to NPR.
Supplements containing oxilofrine include:
- HyperDrive® 3.0 (ALR industries)
- Shredder (TBN Total Body Nutrition)
- Fastin® (Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals)
- Lean Pills™ (Line One Nutrition)
- Tummy Tuck (TBN Total Body Nutrition)
- Methyl Drive™ 2.0 (ANS Advanced Nutrition Systems)
- Drop Factor™ (MTS Nutrition)
- Exile (AmericanMuscle Sports Nutrition Company)
- China White 25 Ephedra (Cloma Pharma Laboratories)
- Phenadrine™ (APS)
- And more
One unsurprising name of the list is Fastin® made by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. The company is a repeat offender for selling dietary supplements laced with illegal stimulants and has fought the FDA to keep their products on the market as long as possible.
In November 2013, the FDA seized $2 million worth of Hi-Tech supplements laced with the banned stimulant DMAA. That same month, Dr. Cohen found that Hi-Tech was selling several supplements laced with the stimulant BMPEA — Fastin-XR, Black Widow, Lipodrene Hardcore, Lipodrene Xtreme, Stimerex-ES, Yellow Scorpion.
The FDA cited Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals for selling BMPEA supplements in April 2015. The company did not receive warnings for oxilofrine in April 2016, and company spokesman Jared Wheat said the company is “not reformulating away from methylsynephrine.”
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