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Retailers Still Selling DMAA Supplements

Filed May 10th, 2012 Laurie

The nation’s largest dietary supplement retailers still have products containing DMAA on their shelves nearly two weeks after the Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to 10 other manufacturers. GNC and Vitamin Shoppe continued to sell popular pre-workout like OxyElite Pro and Jack3d in its online and physical stores as of Tuesday morning.

On a conference call to analysts, Vitamin Shoppe CEO Tony Truesdale said he didn’t believe the warning letters and growing concern over DMAA would negatively affect his company’s sales. With over 8,000 products up for grabs, Truesdale said his company would be able to absorb any losses that would occur if the DMAA-containing products were to be recalled.

Supplement companies have been arguing with the FDA over the safety of DMAA, saying it qualifies as a natural supplement because it is derived from the geranium plant. Health officials, however, say DMAA only contains a tiny amount of geranium extract.

GNC is currently facing a lawsuit filed by a woman who says she bought one of the company’s products questionable productsin one of its stores after the U.S. Military yanked the products off military base shelves because DMAA was found in the systems of two soldiers who died of heart attacks.

A letter written by Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard, was published on Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, urging the FDA to recall all DMAA products. Cohen wrote that he believes the substance is more potent than ephedra, which was banned by the agency in 2004.

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