Oregon expands lawsuit against GNC

Posted 26 September 2016

The Oregon Attorney General has expanded its lawsuit that charged General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) with selling dietary supplements that contain illegal ingredients.

The original complaint, filed in October 2015, concerned picamilon and BMPEA.

Picamilon is a synthetic chemical that is not approved in the United States, but is used as a prescription drug in some countries to treat neurological conditions. BMPEA is a powerful stimulant and amphetamine-like substance that is sometimes sold as a weight-loss or performance-enhancing supplement.

The original complaint alleges that GNC violated the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA) by misrepresenting the products as lawful when they are not legal to sell as dietary supplements in the United States.

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Banned stimulant Oxilofrine found in many weight loss supplements

Posted 02 May 2016

According to a new study, a banned pharmaceutical stimulant called oxilofrine was found in over 50% of tested supplements that listed methylsynephrine on the product label. Oxilofrine is a pharmaceutical drug developed in Europe to stimulate the heart. It has never been approved for use as a prescription drug or dietary supplement ingredient in the United States.

Of the 27 supplement brands tested, 14 tested positive for oxilofrine. Among the products with the highest quantities were Hyperdrive 3.0+ by ALR Industries Inc and Fastin by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. Six of the tested products contained pharmaceutical doses or greater amounts of the stimulant. The authors noted that if consumers followed the instructions provided on the product labels, they could potentially take up to 250 mg of oxilofrine daily.

[Source: Integrative Medicine Newsletter]


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