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GNC Bucking FDA on DMAA Supplements

Filed May 2nd, 2012 Laurie

Vitamin and supplement retail giant GNC is responding to a warning letter sent out by the Food and Drug Administration to stop distributing dietary supplements containing dimethylamylamine, or DMAA. The agency issued warning letters to 10 manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements. The companies marketed the supplements with submitting evidence to the agency proving that they are safe for consumption. While GNC was not one of the companies to receive the letter, it does sell products containing DMAA.

GNC issued a statement that argued the FDA had not produced significant scientific or medical evidence showing that DMAA is unsafe. “When taken as directed, we believe that DMAA has the same effect on the body as drinking two cups of coffee,” the GNC statement said.

The FDA has received 42 reports of side effects in people taking products containing DMAA. Consumers have reported heart and nervous system problems, psychiatric disorders, and death. DMAA can restrict blood vessels, resulting in elevated blood pressure, shortness of breath, tightness of the chest, and heart attack.

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