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Companies selling supplements with hidden drugs ‘defies logic’

The practice of dietary supplement manufacturers selling products with hidden active pharmaceuticals (APIs) “defies logic,” and is a practice not often undertaken by companies registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “like responsible companies are,” said Capt. Jason Humbert, R.N., national health fraud coordinator in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. He made the remarks during a webinar sponsored by the FDA’s Division of Drug Information. The FDA regulates both finished dietary supplements and dietary ingredients. But inspectors typically do not find adulteration – or the inclusion of hidden ingredients – during good manufacturing practice inspections. That’s because tainted ... Read More

Kratom linked to growing number of deaths in Georgia

An herbal supplement used to ease the symptoms of depression, anxiety and chronic pain is killing people in Georgia, warned Dr. Jonathan Eisenstat, the state’s Bureau of Investigation chief state medical examiner. In 2016, the supplement, called kratom, was linked to five deaths in Georgia. So far in 2017, it has killed 11 in the state. Nationally, kratom has been linked to the deaths of at least 36 people. Kratom is a plant indigenous to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has grown in popularity in the U.S., and is often marketed as a “safe” treatment for a ... Read More

Supplement company claims found in violation of federal law

Mannatech Inc., was slapped with a warning letter by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for marketing dietary supplements as drugs to cure, treat or prevent medical conditions, a clear violation of federal law. The Coppell, Texas-based supplement maker’s products were not only found to be in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the supplements were also found to have been manufactured, packed or held under insanitary conditions that do not meet current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations. Mannatech’s dietary supplement BounceBack sold on its websites, www.mannatech.com and www.mannatechscience.org, makes claims that it can clinically reduce soreness and ... Read More

Diet pill contains banned drug ingredient

Fruta Planta Life (Garcinia Cambogia Premium), a product marketed for weight loss, contains a hidden drug that was banned from the market because it can cause serious and life threatening risk to the heart. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers not to purchase or use Fruta Planta Life (Garcina Cambogia Premium). The product was identified by the FDA during an examination of international mail shipments, and a laboratory analysis confirmed that the supplement contains sibutramine, a controlled substance that was removed from the market in October 2010 after it was linked to a substantial increase in blood ... Read More

Hidden drugs found in Blue Pearl supplement

Blue Pearl All Natural Male Enhancement, a dietary supplement promoted for sexual enhancement on various websites including www.bluepearlformen.com and www.fluefusions.com, and possibly in some retail stores, contains hidden drugs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a Public Notification. The agency advised consumers not to purchase or use Blue Pearl All Natural Male Enhancement because it may put them at risk for life-threatening side effects. The FDA conducted a laboratory analysis on the supplement and found it contained sildenafil, the active drug ingredient in the FDA-approved prescription drug Viagra, used to treat erectile dysfunction. “This undeclared ingredient may interact ... Read More

FDA raises concerns about herbal supplement kratom

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Health Advisory due to its growing concerns about the risks associated with the use of the herbal supplement kratom, and is calling on those who believe in the potential medical benefits of the herb to conduct research on kratom so that its risks and benefits can be better understood. Kratom is a plant indigenous to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has grown in popularity in the U.S., and is often marketed as a “safe” treatment for a variety of conditions. The FDA said it knows people are using kratom ... Read More

Dangerous drugs found in bodybuilding supplement

Dietary supplement maker and marketer IronMagLabs, of Henderson, Nevada, was hit with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter for peddling products that contain steroids, steroid-like substances, or selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs). “Synthetic steroids have been associated with life threatening reaction, including liver damage, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, and deep vein thrombosis,” the warning letter states. “In addition, life threatening reactions, including liver toxicity, have occurred in people taking products containing SARMs. SARMs also have the potential to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.” At issue is the company’s dietary supplement called Super DMZ 4.0, which ... Read More

Joint supplement contains hidden drugs

Consumers should not purchase or use Linsen Double Caulis Plus, a dietary supplement advertised for joint, gout, and back pain on various websites including www.tranpharma.com, and possibly sold in some retail stores, because it contains hidden drugs that can cause serious health problems, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Public Notification. An FDA laboratory analysis confirmed Linsen Double Caulis Plus contains dexamethasone, a corticosteroid commonly used to treat inflammatory conditions. Use of corticosteroids can impair a person’s ability to fight infections and cause high blood sugar levels, muscle injuries and psychiatric problems. Long-term or high-dose use of ... Read More

Supplement maker fights proposed false claims lawsuit

The maker of a dietary supplement made from jellyfish protein and touted as a memory booster asked a California federal judge not to certify a proposed multistate class action lawsuit brought by consumers accusing the company of making false claims. The supplement has ratcheted $165 million in sales in the past 10 years. Quincy Bioscience LLC told U.S. District Court Judge Hayward S. Gilliam Jr. that its Prevagen supplement does work as claimed because it has been clinically tested and that the lead plaintiff did not take the medication as directed. Prevagen contains apoaequorin, a substance found in jellyfish. The supplement’s ... Read More

Family sues natural healing center over man’s death

Licensed naturopathic doctor Charmaine Basset had no legitimate training and made bogus claims that led a 64-year-old man not to seek medical treatment for pneumonia, which led to his death, his family members claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit. Family members of Ted Grachek said that Bassett claimed to have received training from fictitious institutions and was certified in holistic treatment methods including nutrition, herbology, biochemistry and advanced quantum feedback. “The whole thing is a fraud,” the family’s attorney said. But Grachek took what Bassett dished out, hook, line and sinker. He became ill in Florida last spring, and as ... Read More