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Male sexual enhancement supplements laced with drugs

Nutra Labs Inc., is recalling its male sexual enhancement supplements Bull Capsules and Chao Jimengnan Tablets after an analysis conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed the products contained hidden drugs that could cause some users to suffer heart-related health problems. The recall affects Bull 1800 mg Capsules with the production date of 05.08/2016 and Chao Jimengnan 150 mg Tablets with Lot # 20151018. The analysis showed that Bull contained 0.026m of sildenafil per capsule and Chao Jimengnan contained 70.46 mg of sildenafil per tablet. Sildenafil is the active drug ingredient in the prescription erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. ... Read More

Dangerous SARMs found in bodybuilding supplements

Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, or SARMs, are a group of drugs promoted to target testosterone receptors in muscle cells to increase muscle mass and performance. They are marketed under various names including ostarine and andarine. These drugs are not approved for any use in the U.S., but that doesn’t keep manufacturers and marketers of dietary supplements from selling these products for bodybuilding or athletic performance in retail stores and online. To better understand how readily available these products are as well as their authenticity, F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE, an assistant professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine ... Read More

Biotin supplements may interfere with lab results

People who take high levels of biotin in dietary supplements may experience clinically significant false lab test results that could result in dire health consequences, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Safety Communication. The agency said it has seen an increase in the number of reported adverse events, including one death, related to biotin interference with lab tests. Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is a water-soluble vitamin often found in multivitamins, prenatal vitamins, and dietary supplements marketed for hair, skin and nail growth. Many dietary supplements contain biotin levels up to 650 times the recommended daily intake ... Read More

Diet pill contains hidden Prozac, poses risk to consumers

Diet pills sold under the brand name Adipessum Miracle Slimming Capsules contain the active drug ingredient in the antidepressant Prozac, and may cause serious health consequences to consumers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Public Notification. Adipessum Miracle Slimming Capsules should not be purchased or used, the agency advised. The agency identified the suspicious dietary supplements during an examination of international mail shipments. A laboratory analysis confirmed that the pills contained fluoxetine, the FDA-approved drug in the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) Prozac, which is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric ... Read More

Many supplements laced with hidden drugs

More than half of dietary supplements analyzed by researchers with the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia contained ingredients that are not listed on their labels, and some of these hidden ingredients can be dangerous to consumers. Diet pills and bodybuilding supplements are among the categories of dietary supplements that most often contain undeclared and possibly dangerous ingredients. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found many weight loss supplements laced with banned stimulants or drugs not approved for use in the U.S. because they carry serious cardiovascular risks or are suspected carcinogens. Many supplements for bodybuilding or athletic performance have ... Read More

Many teens taking supplements without knowing potential harms

More than 40 percent of adolescents decided to take dietary supplements on their own, while 30 percent decided to take the products based on the recommendation of parents or other family members. Yet, these teens are taking supplements without knowledge of harmful effects or drug interaction, according to a new study conducted by members of the Biotechnical Faculty at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. “According to the existing information, adolescents are the most susceptible and misinformed group of customers; thus this population is the target market for dietary supplements,” researchers said, according to Science Daily. The study involved 1,500 ... Read More

Many supplements contain dangerous drugs

Dietary supplements – especially those promoted for weight loss and bodybuilding – are often mislabeled, meaning they contain hidden ingredients that in many cases can cause serious harm to consumers, said Victor J. Navarro, M.D., during a presentation at The Liver Meeting 2017. “Dietary supplements are a common cause of liver injury,” added Dr. Navarro, with the department of transplantation at the Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia. “In looking at those cases, we find that there are a lot of products that are difficult to identify exactly what they are and what they’re used for. There has been a lot ... Read More

Sports supplement maker slapped with FDA warning letter

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slapped dietary supplement maker Panther Sports Nutrition with a warning letter for manufacturing and marketing products that that violate federal law, like selling supplements that contain selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs). “Life threatening reactions, including liver toxicity, have occurred in people taking products containing SARMs,” the warning letter stated. “SARMs also have the potential to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.” Panther Sports Nutrition products in question include Ostraine MK2866 and LGD MAX. The company’s website claimsboth Ostarine MK2866 and LGD MAX are each a “Physique Enhancing Agent” and “Mass Builder.” These ... Read More

Students test supplements, question safety, efficacy

Davidson College biology professor Mark Barsoum along with 15 Davidson students tested dietary supplements to determine whether they actually contain the ingredients posted on their labels. Dietary supplements are readily available over-the-counter, and millions of Americans consume them every day. The $30-billion supplement industry is only lightly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which oversees prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The agency investigates adverse events related to dietary supplements and conducts laboratory analysis as needed, often finding that many contain hidden drugs or ingredients that pose a health risk to consumers. Other studies have shown that some supplements contain trace amounts ... Read More

Supplement maker banned from manufacturing

Dietary supplement manufacturer Custompax Inc., was ordered by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to stop selling its products until it comes into compliance with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s dietary supplement manufacturing regulations and other requirements listed in a consent decree. The U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the FDA accused Custompax of manufacturing and selling customized dietary supplements directly to websites where physicians and health care practitioners created and ordered their own dietary supplements by selecting the type and quantity of ingredients as well as custom labels or unique names. The complaint ... Read More