A dietary supplement known as DMAA contained in the products Jack3d and OxyELITE Pro which is used by athletes as an energy booster has raised safety concerns, concerns heightened with news of the deaths of two U.S. Army soldiers and, more recently, a 34-year-old Philadelphia-area man.
The stimulant, dimethylamylamine (DMAA), sold over the counter in stores such as GNC and Vitamin Shoppe, can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, according to an April 2013 warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminsitration. The FDA later ordered maker USPlabs to destroy all inventoires of the products.
If you or someone you love suffered a serious injury or death after using Jack3d or OxyELITE Pro or other products containing DMAA, you should contact a DMAA attorney. The defective drug attorneys at Kline & Specter handle Dimethylamylamine – DMAA - Lawsuits in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and across the US.
Kline & Specter filed a lawsuit recently in the case of Todd Battuello, a fit and muscular West Chester barn manager, who went into convulsions and died a week after his first wedding anniversary in May 2012. He had been using the fat-burning supplement OxyELITE Pro in the weeks leading to his death, the cause of which was ruled as cardiac dysrhythmia. Named as defendants in the case were USPlabs and Bodybuilding.com, which sold the product on its website. (Read the article.)
The death of the soldiers was chronicled in a story in The New York Times on Feb. 3, 2012. One, 22 years old, collapsed during a training run, while the other, 32, died after taking a physical fitness test. DMAA was identified in subsequent toxicology tests. The Army said it had also received reports of liver and kidney failure, loss of consciousness, seizures and rapid heartbeat in other personnel who used DMAA products. And one reported study of OxyELITE Pro found side effects such as cold sweats and increased blood pressure that could portend heart problems.
DMAA, a naturally occurring compound found in an Asian geranium, does not need approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Yet some sports organizations, including the World Anti-Doping Authority which regulates drug use by Olympic athletes, list dimethylamylamine as a banned stimulant.
The soldiers’ deaths were reminiscent of two professional athletes who died years earlier after taking ephedra, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steven Bechler and Korey Stringer, who played for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. Ephedra, also a dietary supplement that had been used as a stimulant, was banned by the FDA.
DMAA is sold under a variety of product names. In addition to USPlabs Jack3d (pronounced “jacked,” presumably for its stimulant effect) and OxyELITE Pro, are the following: Nutrex Research Lipo-6 Black and Hemo-Rage Black Powder, iSatori PWR, Muscletech NeuroCore and HydroxyStim, Fahrenheit Nutrition Lean EFX, Muscle Warfare Napalm, SNI Nitric Blast, BIORhythm SSIN Juice, MuscleMeds Code Red, SEI MethylHex and Gaspari Nutrition Spirodex.
Kline & Specter, PC, with more than 40 attorneys, several of whom are also highly skilled doctors, has a record of success in litigating major pharmaceutical and product liability cases, including the firm’s leading role in the $4.85 billion Vioxx settlement.
Call a DMAA lawyer at Kline & Specter today. 800-243-1100.
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