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NY Lawmaker Calls for Ban on DMAA Supplements

NY Lawmaker Calls for Ban on DMAA Supplements

January 22, 2013 — Senator Jeffrey Klein of New York is proposing new legislation that would ban DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine or “geranium extract”) due to the risk of deadly side effects. DMAA is marketed as a dietary supplement, although most experts agree that it has no natural origin and is actually an illegally-marketed synthetic drug. Approximately 200 supplements contain DMAA, including the popular Jack3D, OxyElite Pro, Code Red, and Hemo-Rage Black. These products are mostly marketed as pre-workout energy boosters, weight loss supplements, or party pills.

Unfortunately, DMAA has been linked to dozens of incidents involving severe side effects, including sudden cardiac arrest. The FDA has warned that DMAA can increase blood pressure and heart-rate, which could increase the risk of heart problems during intense exercise or for people with heart problems. The FDA has also warned about potential side effects in the central nervous system and psychological disorders.

Senator Klein warned:

“Every sports organization, including the Olympics Committee, have already banned it. It’s a sign that this is a product that should be banned in our state and hopefully, eventually, nationally.”

DMAA is not banned by the federal United States government, but the Department of Defense has banned sales of the product on military bases. DMAA was found in the bloodstream of two soldiers who died of sudden cardiac arrest during routine physical training in the American Southwest.

The FDA has attempted to increase awareness about the risks associated with DMAA, but they have not moved for an outright ban. The agency sent warning letters to 10 manufacturers of DMAA supplements in May 2012. Most of those manufacturers continue to sell their products online or in major retail stores like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe.

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