Tag Archives: FDA

Mass Destruction

FDA Warns Against Body Building Supplement

An FDA warning was issued on Monday Dec. 23 for Mass Destruction, a body building dietary supplement that is used to stimulate muscle growth. The FDA issued the warning after a healthy 28-year-old man experienced liver failure after using the product for several weeks. The man required a liver transplant.

Mass Destruction

The FDA warns that Mass Destruction may cause sudden liver failure.

Mass Destruction is a product that is available at retail stores, gyms and online and contains at least one synthetic anabolic steroid according to the product’s label. The FDA is investigating whether there are more possible harmful substances in Mass Destruction that may not be labeled.

“Products marketed as supplements that contain anabolic steroids pose a real danger to consumers,” Howard Sklamberg, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. “The FDA is committed to ensuring that products marketed as dietary supplements and vitamins do not pose harm to consumers.”

Mass Destruction is a product of Blunt Force Nutrition, a fitness company from Sims, N.C., although it is currently unclear who the actual manufacturer is and where it is made.

The FDA urges anyone who has been using Mass Destruction to look out for the following symptoms and seek medical help if they experience one or more of them.

  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Abdominal or back pain
  • Discolored Urine
  • Unexplained health changes




Interpol Cracks Down on Online Drugs

Buying drugs online has always been a risk to consumers. There are fraudulent drugs sold as the real deal, Websites that collect your personal and credit card information for criminal activity and just plain bad companies that send the wrong drugs because they are not using professional standards. Despite this risk, a lot of people looking to get in shape purchase their supplements online because it is the easiest, most convenient, and sometimes, only place to get them. However, an international policing effort that is now in its fifth year is trying to shut down the online pharmacies around the world – a move that effects both fraudulent, criminal drug Websites as well as legitimate supplement ones.

picture of interpol office

Interpol office

Last week, the European  police agency Interpol teamed up with other international organizations, including the FDA and the World Customs Organization, in its fifth year of Operation Pangea. The sting that targets online prescription drug pharmacies and online supplement distributors netted 79 arrests; shut down over 18,000 Websites; and confiscated over 3.75 million units of drugs and supplements estimated at over $10.5 million. The sweep was coordinated with the assistance of online drug sales company LegitScript as well as credit card and online payment companies like Visa, Mastercard and PayPal.

“Organized, sophisticated criminals and rogue pharmacies are unfortunately using the Internet to defraud innocent consumers, to place them in harm’s way, to steal their identities and to engage in credit card fraud,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

Over 100 countries were involved in the INTERPOL operation, with several policing organizations conducting raids on addresses linked to online pharmacies. Also, shipments were stopped, seized and inspected on their way to the homes of customers. OVer 133,000 packages were inspected by government regulators and around 6,700 of those were confiscated. Among the counterfeit medicines confiscated were anti-cancer medication, antibiotics and erectile dysfunction pills.

But not all the drugs taken were fakes. Some were food supplements and diet drugs that were being sold to consumers who wanted exactly what the online pharmacies were selling. Although they were only a small fraction of the drugs seized in the operation, several Websites that specialized in selling anabolic steroids, human growth hormone and other performance enhancing drugs were shut down. These sites were also shut down, not by taking direct legal action against the owners, but by using credit card and payment companies and domain registrars to seize their URLs and effectively wipe them off the Web.

In total, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency as well as the US Department of Justice seized 686 Websites it accused of selling steroids and other supplements. In Australia, 120 domain names were seized by its regulatory bodies.

In addition to shutting down Websites with INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea V, the US FDA also announced a national campaign called BeSafeRx – Know Your Online Pharmacy that seeks to educate consumers on fraudulent medications, as well as banned and unapproved supplements.


FDA Recalls Hydroxycut

picture of hydroxycut

The FDA had received 23 reports of liver damage ranging from jaundice to liver damage requiring liver transplant as well as one death

The FDA had received 23 reports of liver damage ranging from jaundice to liver damage requiring liver transplant as well as one death that could be potentially be linked to the drug. Iovate Health Sciences Inc., an Ontario-based company and its US distributor Iovate Health Sciences USA voluntarily recalled 14 of its most popular Hydroxycut products (see complete list below).

The reporter injuries were from Hydroxycut products taken at the recommended levels. Symptoms include yellow skin and eyes, brown urine, nausea, light-colored stool, fatigue, abdominal pain, itching, cardiovascular disorders and muscle damage. Linda Katz M.D., interim chief medical officer for FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition warned consumers to stop taking using the recalled Hydroxycut products. “Consumers should consult a physician or other health care professional if they are experiencing symptoms possibly associated with these products,” she said.

The FDA isn’t the only entity bringing bad news for Iovate. Since the FDA’s announcement, several law offices have sent out mass emails urging consumers of Hydroxycut products to join class-action lawsuits against the company.

However, not all Hydroxycut products are on the recall list. Hydroxycut Cleanse and Hoodia products are not affected by the recall. Consumers are urged to return all other Hydroxycut products to their place of purchase and report any adverse effects to their physician immediately.

Hydroxycut recall list:

  • Hydroxycut Regular Rapid Release Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore Liquid Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Max Liquid Caplets
  • Hydroxycut Regular Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore Drink Packets (Ignition Stix)
  • Hydroxycut Max Drink Packets
  • Hydroxycut Liquid Shots
  • Hydroxycut Hardcore RTDs (Ready-to-Drink)
  • Hydroxycut Max Aqua Shed
  • Hydroxycut 24
  • Hydroxycut Carb Control
  • Hydroxycut Natural