Los Angeles Class-action Lawsuit Involving GNC Aims to Pull the Plug on DMAA Containing Dietary Supplements

1,3-dimethylamylamine, also known as DMAA, sounds innocent enough; however, this compound is at the root of a class-action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court against retailer GNC; manufacturer, distributor, and marketer Cellucor Sports Nutrition; and Cellucor’s parent company, Woodbolt International.

The southern California woman filing the lawsuit is claiming that these parties made false and unsubstantiated representations with regard to the efficacy, safety, and legality of C4 Extreme, a pre-exercise drink powder that used DMAA and claims to provide “explosive workouts.”

According to a Huffington Post article, court filings have stated that DMAA is illegal and dangerous in that “experts in the industry have become concerned that this potent stimulant drug will lead to serious health issues and even death.” Manufacturers and distributors of DMAA claim it is an organic compound derived from geranium oil that did not require review from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it became a dietary supplement ingredient.

The class-action lawsuit alleges acts of false and deceptive marketing and challenges claims that DMAA is a natural ingredient.

Although C4 Extreme is no longer made with DMAA, the potentially lethal substance is available in a wide range of dietary supplements marketed for enhancing physical performance or weight loss. Some of these additional products include Jack3d (pronounced “jacked”) and OxyELITE Pro, which can be found online or at retail stores, and on some websites, powder DMAA sold in packets or pill form is marketed as “legal cocaine.”

DMAA used in supplements have been associated with incidents where the heart has rapidly failed due to too much stress and when used as a party drug taken with alcohol, it can possibly cause bleeding in the brain. Currently, DMAA is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and is considered to be a controlled substance in Canada and New Zealand.

After two soldiers died from heart attacks during fitness training with the U.S. Army in 2011, it was found that DMAA was in their systems. As such, the military has put a hold on selling sports supplements containing DMAA in military exchange stores.

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