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Supplement maker faces indictment for smuggling designer steroids into US

Ben Merika and his wife Elizabeth Kutcher, of Atlanta, were slapped with a criminal indictment alleging the couple smuggled designer steroids and the stimulant DMAA into the U.S. from China, and that the couple tried to hide their activities by leasing a variety of facilities that were never registered with federal authorities. The indictment supersedes a 2016 indictment involving Mesika and a former business partner, Wes Houser, who were charged with manufacturing and distributing bodybuilding supplements that were laced with the steroid Methasterone. One of the products was blamed for causing a 28-year-old man to suffer acute liver failure and ... Read More

Joint health supplement recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

Arthi-D LLC is recalling its joint health dietary supplement Arthri-D 120ct because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmnella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illness such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. To date, no illness have been reported related to the ... Read More

Vitamin D, calcium supplements do not reduce bone fracture risk

Taking vitamin D or calcium supplements may not prevent older adults from fracturing a hip or breaking other bones, a new research review suggests. “It is time to stop taking calcium and vitamin D supplements for the community-dwelling older adults,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Jia-Guo Zhao, a researcher in the department of orthopedic surgery at Tianjin Hospital in China. Zhao’s review of 33 previous trials with more than 51,000 people aged 50 or older living in the community and not in nursing homes or other institutional settings, researchers found no difference in fracture risk among people taking vitamin ... Read More

Class action certified against memory boosting supplement maker

U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr., certified a class of California consumers who are accusing Quincy Bioscience LLC of falsely representing its dietary supplement Prevagen for improving memory and supporting brain function. “Because Prevagen is not marketed for uses other than improving brain health and memory, it follows that representations about these purported benefits were a ‘substantial factor’ in plaintiff’s – and all consumers’ – purchasing decision,” the court said after finding that the class meets numerosity, commonality, typicality and adequacy requirements of class action. Quincy Bioscience promoted Prevagen as being clinically tested to improve memory and support “healthy ... Read More

Supplement maker banned from making false claims in Iowa

JGG Enterprises Inc., and its owner Joseph Gregory Grelock, have been barred from marketing dietary supplements in Iowa that claimed to improve memory without scientific evidence to support those claims, according to Iowa Attorney General Thomas Miller. The company was also ordered to pay $25,000 in refunds to more than 180 Iowa consumers who fell victim to those claims, and pay an additional $10,000 to support the state’s future enforcement of the Consumer Fraud Act. JGG Enterprises sold dietary supplements like Intellux that claimed to reduce memory loss and “ignite your brain’s true powers and potential,” the attorney general’s office ... Read More

Memorable Safety Alerts for 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued more than 60 Safety Alerts for drugs and therapeutic biological products in 2017. Here is a sampling of some of the products the agency warned consumers about: Alcohol Pads or Benzalkonium Chloride Antiseptic Towelettes by Foshan Flying Medical Products – The pads and antiseptic towelettes used to prepare skin prior to injuection and in first aide to decrease germs in minor injuries manufactured by Foshan Flying Medical wererife with quality issues that put the sterility of the products into question. The FDA place all drug products produced by Foshan on import alert to ... Read More

Supplements may not help with New Years resolution to lose weight

Losing weight and getting into shape are some of the most popular New Years resolutions, and also some of the most difficult ones to keep. Many people turn to dietary supplements to help burn fat or make their workouts more effective. But consumers should use caution, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises in a Consumer Update. Some diet pills and performance enhancers contain ingredients or hidden drugs that have caused consumers to suffer serious injuries and death. The FDA has found hundreds of fraudulent products – promoted mainly for weight loss, sexual enhancement, and bodybuilding/athletic performance – that contain ... Read More

Some supplements linked to high blood pressure

Some dietary supplements may cause an increase in blood pressure and the risks and benefits of using them should be discussed with health care providers, especially in patients who have hypertension. High blood pressure affects nearly a third of people living in the United States, and has a significant impact on overall cardiovascular health. This chronic condition can be managed with medications and lifestyle changes, but many people must rely on medication to manage their blood pressure. Research has shown that as much as 58 percent of people have uncontrolled blood pressure caused by medications or substances that either trigger ... Read More

20 supplements containing dangerous ingredients in 2017

In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to avoid 20 dietary supplement pills and products because they contained ingredients that pose a safety risk to consumers. The FDA has oversight of dietary supplements but the products are not regulated to the same degree as pharmaceutical drugs. As a result, many manufacturers peddle products that contain hidden drugs or other harmful ingredients. The FDA routinely conducts laboratory testing on suspicious products and notifies consumers about illicit products. The agency also has taken action against these companies, ordering recalls, conducting seizures, and filing criminal complaints. Here are the tainted ... Read More

CSPI calls for ban of supplements that claim to treat opioid addiction

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the sale of dietary supplements that claim to treat opioid addiction, and for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prohibit supplement companies from making false claims on websites and ads. “These supplement companies are giving false hope to people who are desperate to get better,” says Bachaar Arnaout, an addiction psychiatrist and assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine. “The danger people face by being misled is that they will be resorting to ineffective products, instead of evidence-based treatments, ... Read More