The bodybuilding supplement VERSA-1 contains aegeline, a controversial ingredient that is not approved by the FDA. Aegeline is also an ingredient in re-formulated OxyElite Pro, which was recently linked to dozens of liver injuries, two liver transplants, and one death in Hawaii.
What You Can Do & How a VERSA-1 Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently investigating the potential for serious, life-threatening injuries, including liver failure, related to the use of VERSA-1. If you or someone you know has been injured by VERSA-1, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Dietary Supplement Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
What is VERSA-1?
Versa-1 is a bodybuilding supplement that is manufactured by USPLabs, the same company that makes OxyElite Pro and Jack3D. Like these other supplements, Versa-1 is used 30-90 minutes before working out to boost energy, suppress appetite, and build muscle. A 30-day supply of pills are sold for about $60 online and in retail stores like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe.
Ingredients in Versa-1 Bodybuilding Supplements
- Aegeline (N-[2-hydroxy-2(4-methoxyphenyl) ethyl]-3-phenyl-2-propenamide)
- Modified starch
- Vegetable stearate
- Silicon dioxide
Versa-1 and Aegeline
The controversial ingredient in Versa-1 is aegeline, which is also known as N-[2-hydroxy-2(4-methoxyphenyl) ethyl]-3-phenyl-2-propenamide. The USPLabs website for Versa-1 indicates that aegeline is an extract of an Indian plant called Anacyclis Purethrum. They advertise it for appetite suppression and androgenic effects, including male sexual enhancement.
FDA Safety Warning for Aegeline in Versa-1, OxyElite Pro
The FDA published a Warning Letter for Versa-1 on October 11, 2013. They warned that aegeline in Versa-1 is not approved, and it may be linked to an epidemic of liver injuries in Hawaii.
The FDA warned:
“Oxy Elite Pro and VERSA-1 are adulterated under 21 U.S.C. 342(f)(1)(B) and 350b(a) because they contain a new dietary ingredient for which there is inadequate information to provide reasonable assurance that such ingredient does not present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury.”
VERSA-1 Liver Damage and Injuries
Versa-1 contains aegeline, the same controversial ingredient as OxyElite Pro. In 2013, a cluster of 24 cases of acute, non-viral hepatitis (liver inflammation) in Hawaii were linked to OxyElite Pro. At least 11 people were hospitalized with liver damage, 2 required liver transplants, and one person died. According to the FDA, aegeline is a new ingredient that has no history of safe use.
Symptoms of Versa-1 liver damage:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea, vomiting
- Upper-abdominal pain
- Diarrhea, indigestion
- Mental disorientation
Do I have a Versa-1 Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently investigating the potential for serious, life-threatening injuries, including liver failure, related to the use of VERSA-1. If you or someone you know has been injured by VERSA-1 liver damage, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Dietary Supplement Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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