Libel suit against supplement critic fails

Posted 31 January 2017

Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has successfully defended against a suit brought against him by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals.

In 2015, the journal Drug Testing and Analysis published an article, “An amphetamine isomer whose efficacy and safety in humans has never been studied, β-methylphenylethylamine (BMPEA), is found in multiple dietary supplements,” which was co-authored by Cohen and three colleagues.

Not long afterward, the FDA issued warning letters to Hi-Tech and other manufacturers whose products contained BMPEA. [Recent FDA action on dietary supplements labeled as containing BMPEA. FDA Web site, April 27, 2015]

Hi-Tech’s lawsuit charged that the article and subsequent public comments by Cohen included false and defamatory statements about the safety of Hi-Tech products that contain BMPEA.

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