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Man’s liver injury tied to bodybuilding supplement

Fernando del Real, 35, wanted to bulk up quickly. The 35-year-old father of two didn’t have a lot of time to spend in the gym so he wanted his workouts to count. He dropped into a local nutrition shop and the salesman recommended a so-called “prohormone” for bodybuilding called Tri-Methyl Xtreme, and another dietary supplement called Liver Health. He promised they were both safe and legal. “There were no warning labels,” del Real recalls. “I didn’t feel that anything bad would happen taking something that came from a store.” Del Real began taking the pills and working out four to ... Read More

Herbalife class action alleges company used pyramid scheme

Former Herbalife Ltd., distributors have filed a putative class action against the global nutrition supplement company and 44 of its top distributors seeking upwards of $1 billion in damages over allegations the company used a pyramid scheme and the “promise of riches” to lure consumers to participate in costly seminars, Law360 reports. The lawsuit was filed in Florida federal court by eight former Herbalife distributors, and targets the company’s “Circle of Success” event series, expensive seminars set up across the country that company officials said were vital to distributors’ success. The eight plaintiffs – Jeff and Patricia Rodgers, Michael and ... Read More

Biotin supplements can interfere with blood tests

Biotin supplements – especially in high doses – are often marketed for presumptive health benefits such as stimulating hair growth and treating conditions like biotinidase deficiency, diabetes, lipid disorders, and diabetic periphernal neuropathy. But high amounts of biotin in a person’s bloodstream “can interfere with laboratory tests and cause a false diagnosis of conditions including hyperthyroidism or result in a misdiagnosis of congestive heart failure,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Clinicians may want to ask about biotin ingestion even if assay results are not suspect because biotin interferences can cause either falsely ... Read More

Tainted diet pills recalled after FDA warning

Days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Notification warning consumers not to purchase or use A1 Slim diet pills because they contained hidden drugs that posed a risk to some consumers, the dietary supplement’s manufacturer, Kiriko LLC, issued a recall of all lots of A1 Slim capsules. A laboratory analysis conducted by the FDA first revealed the diet pills contained sibutramine. Later, the FDA found that the capsules also contained phenolphthalein and N-Desmethyl sibutramine. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010 due to safety concerns. N0Desmethyl sibutramine is an ... Read More

Recall of supplements laced with hidden drugs expanded

Gadget Island Inc., doing business as Gear Isle, is expanding a recall of some of its male sexual enhancement products because they are laced with hidden drugs that can cause life-threatening risks to some people. The products were distributed nationwide through internet sales. The recall originally initiated in September, was expanded this week to include more lots of the dietary supplements previously named. The recall now includes the following supplements and lot numbers: Rhino 7 Platinum 5000 capsules, all lots Papa Zen 3300 capsules, Lot# NSS050888 Fifty Shades 6000 capsules, all lots Grand X 5800 capsules, all lots The previous recall ... Read More

Diet pill contains dangerous hidden drugs

Do not purchase or use A1 Slim, a diet pill promoted and sold on various websites including Amazon.com, and possibly in retail stores, because it contains potentially dangerous drug ingredients, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Public Notification. A laboratory analysis on A1 Slim found that the dietary supplement contained sibutramine and phenolphthalein. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was pulled from the market in October 2010 because it posed a safety risk to some consumers. Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or heart rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for ... Read More

Supplements laced with dangerous ingredients recalled

Gadget Island Inc., doing business as Gear Isle, is recalling four brands of dietary supplements because they are laced with several hidden drugs that can cause life-threatening side effects in some people. The recall affects the following Gadget Island supplements: Rhino 7 Platinum 5000, UPC 617135861224, LOT# R7-D5K1011H Papa Zen 3000, UPC 718122032587, LOT# NSS050888 Fifty Shades 6000, UPC 4026666146056, LOT# No Lot Number Grande X 5800, UPC 640793555440, LOT# No Lot Number A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory analysis has determined the supplements to contain undeclared sildenafil, tadalafil and desmethyl carbodenafil. Sildenafil and tadalafil are the active ingredients ... Read More

New program to test supplements sold online

A new model made possible by e-commerce can help reassure consumers that the dietary supplements they buy online do not contain hidden or dangerous ingredients. The program provides independent testing of products through sites that analyze, rank, and sell their products – information the consumer has access to. The cost for testing the supplements is built into the sales price from referral links. Nearly 90 percent of supplements and vitamins are sold offline by companies such as GNC and Herbalife, but e-commerce is beginning to win consumers over. The verification program can offer consumers peace of mind that the supplement ... Read More

Homeopathic drugs found to contain rat poison

HomeoCare Laboratories Inc., a homeopathic company that makes drugs aimed to boost the immune system and treat symptoms of the cold and flu, was slapped with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter for manufacturing drugs that contain the highly toxic rodent-killer strychnine. “You manufacture various homeopathic drugs from ingredients that pose potentially toxic effects,” the warning letter stated. “For example, some of your drugs include the ingredient nux vomica, which contains strychnine.” The agency called into question HomeoCare Laboratory’s procedures to ensure the quality and strength of its drugs conform to set standards. “Especially for drugs that contain ingredients ... Read More

Supplement maker to pay $4.5M for false claims

An Illinois federal judge has OK’d a $4.5 million settlement in a class action that alleged Direct Digital LLC falsely marketed its dietary supplement Instaflex for joint health, Law360 reports. Direct Digital must also stop promoting the product for joint support. The settlement amount includes $1,353,000 for the settlement fund, $75,000 in expenses, and a $5,000 award to the lead plaintiff. An estimated $400,000 will be used to notify class members, leaving about $2.6 million for the class payout. How much each consumer receives will depend on how many people join the class. The cost per bottle will be capped ... Read More