DMAA and Supplements
According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States, “more than half of all adults take some kind of supplement” whether that be a multivitamin, protein, fish oil pills, etc. It is estimated that on all of these combined Americans spend roughly $30 million per year, according to Nutrition Business Journal. They can be found on store shelves everywhere, from drugstores and supermarkets, to retail stores and superstores like Walmart and Target, and now they have supplement specific stores such as Vitamin Shoppe and GNC who has been the topic of many discussions recently.
GNC has more than 8,100 total retail stores spanning the entire globe. Making $2.4 billion in revenue last year, according to the same The New York Times article, they made up for about 43% of sales of all nutrition products. Their brand alone, The Pro Performance, brought in nearly $300 million just last year alone and while GNC works with an independent testing company to insure the products they’re selling don’t contain any substances banned by the World Anti-doping Agency, there is still one factor that is of great concern to consumers.
That concern is the fact that supplement makers are not required to prove that their supplements work safely on humans and that they’re healthy, they are only required to “submit some kind of safety data to the F.D.A. if they plan to introduce new ingredients to the market” and they are required to contain only the ingredients listed on the labels.
It is 100% up to the F.D.A. to find any risky supplements on the market and get them off if need be, but the problem is that there are over 85,000 supplements currently on the market and this number is steadily increasing. One current supplement that has stirred up a lot of talk in the news recently is called Jack3d.
Jack3d or “Jack 3d” is a pre-workout supplement that promises on the GNC website “ultra-intense muscle gorging strength, energy, power, and endurance”, and in the military in particular Jack3d has developed a reputation of allowing all soldiers who take the supplement more energy and stamina during workouts. Jack3d contains a substance called DMAA which is short for dimethylamylamine. Some medical experts and health officials believe that DMAA could have similar effects on the body as amphetamines and this substance is believed to possibly be linked to some recent deaths, one by a 22-year-old private in the United States Army and another by a 30-year-old marathon runner at last years’ London Marathon. Both took Jack3d and both causes of death were reportedly cardiac arrest. However, there were a total of 80 reports from January 2009 through mid-February this year that reported health problems in consumers who had recently taken a supplement containing DMAA, five of those deaths.
Last month, the 22-year-old army private who died, Michael Lee Sparling’s family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against USPlabs who makes the supplement and GNC, arguing that “the companies sold a defective product and failed to warn about its risks”.
If you or someone you know could have possibly been harmed by this substance, contact the Hensley Legal Group to find out what your legal options are at 888-505-8232 or contact us here.
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