Study Finds Weight Loss and Sports Supplements Contain Prohibited and Potentially Harmful Stimulants

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance have discovered that various weight loss and workout supplements in the American market contain “cocktails of banned an unapproved stimulants, including one dangerous stimulant FDA ordered manufacturers to stop using years ago.”

As MedPage Today explained:

“Pieter Cohen, MD, of Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts, and co-authors examined the makeup of 17 brands of over-the-counter supplements in the U.S., purchased online, that were labeled to include deterenol, a beta-agonist that has never been approved for use in the U.S., and which FDA banned from supplements in 2004.

Across those brands, the researchers found nine stimulant compounds that are not allowed in supplements, and eight different combinations of stimulants. Fewer than half contained only deterenol (47%). Four brands included two stimulants, two brands combined three stimulants, and two other brands combined four stimulants.

These stimulants included phenpromethamine (Vonedrine), BMPEA, oxilofrine, octodrine, higenamine, 1,3-DMAA, 1,3-DMBA, and 1,4-DMAA.”

This inclusion of possibly dangerous substances may give rise to a legal claim. 

If you or someone you know have used these supplements with these prohibited ingredients and would like to pursue legal action, contact the attorneys at Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber, LLP.  Our attorneys have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of victims of false advertising and other wronged consumers.  We are currently investigating this matter, as well as other false advertising and products liability matters.  If you believe that you bought any of these CBD products and/or were misled, please contact us to discover your legal actions.