April 15, 2014 — Driven Sports Inc., the manufacturer of Craze supplements, has received a Warning Letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after laboratory tests detected a methamphetamine-like compound in the popular pre-workout powder.
Craze supplements were widely available in stores like Wal-Mart until last year, when USA Today warned that it contained hidden ingredients. Driven Sports stopped selling Craze, but they re-introduced another product called Frenzy and only sold it outside the United States.
In the warning letter, the FDA said they were concerned that Dendrobex™ was not actually an extract of the orchid stem, as Driven Sports claimed. The FDA cited two studies of the Dendrobium plant — none of which found compounds in Craze.
In October 2013, a scientist at Harvard published a study in which Craze was found to contain N,α-diethylphenylethylamine, a compound similar to methamphetamine.
When USA Today asked the FDA about the year-long delay in issuing a warning letter, the agency replied:
“Before the warning letter was issued, the agency took immediate action by reaching out to Driven Sports to discuss discontinuing the marketing of the firm’s CRAZE product. Regardless of the fact that the firm discontinued marketing the product, the safety concerns associated with the product are significant enough to merit formal documentation to reinforce with Driven Sports and the industry as a whole the gravity of these safety concerns.”
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