Vitamin Shoppe Pulls Supplements That Contain Amphetamine-Like Stimulants

By on April 9, 2015

The Vitamin Shoppe announced that it would immediately stop selling products containing acacia rigidula since products listing that ingredient may also contain B-methlyphenylethylamine (BMPEA), a stimulant that may be unsafe and not in compliance with FDA regulations.

The Vitamin Shoppe was prompted by reports on a study of products containing acacia rigidula conducted by Dr. Pieter Cohen, a supplement expert and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues.  The study, which was published in in Drug Testing and Analysis, found that more than half of the products tested contained BMPEA.

Since BMPEA has not been tested in humans, but tests on cats and dogs indicated that BMPEA increased blood pressure. Dr. Cohen stated that “[t]hese are things that are signals that in humans will later turn into heart attacks, strokes and maybe even sudden death.”

Canadian health authorities issued a issued a public health alert and mandated a recall for the supplement JetFuel Afterburn based on indications that the product contained BMPEA and another amphetamine-like stimulant. “Amphetamine stimulants can increase blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature; lead to serious cardiovascular complications (including stroke) at high doses; suppress sleep and appetite, and be addictive,” warned the Canadian alert.

Dr. Cohen’s study also found BMPEA in the following products: Aro Black Series Burn, Black Widow, Dexaprine XR, Fastin-XR, Lipodrene Hardcore, Lipodrene Xtreme, Stimerex-ES and Yellow Scorpion.  Dr. Cohen criticized the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for not publicly naming products that included BMPEA even though the agency held related evidence two years ago.

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