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Saturday 13, Dec 2014

  Study Says Tainted Supplements Sold After Recalls

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Study Says Tainted Supplements Sold After Recalls

According to new research, some manufacturers are continuing to sell tainted dietary supplements that are often spiked with hidden and potentially dangerous drug months and even years after being the subjects of product recalls.

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that 27 supplements that were available for purchase online in the summer of 2013 that were among 274 recalled during 2009-2012 were identified. Tests conducted by the research team disclosed that one or more pharmaceuticals in nearly 67 percent of the supplements available for purchase, including chemicals similar to the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra or the diet drug Meridia that was pulled from the market due to stroke and heart attack risks. The study also found that 85 percent of sports enhancement or bodybuilding supplements purchased by the researchers remained adulterated with dangerous compounds.

Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and one of the authors of the study, said consumers need to avoid the categories of supplements that these drugs are found in: weight-loss, sports supplements, and sexual enhancement supplements. He added the regulatory approach to supplements offers little assurance to consumers that products in these categories are truly all-natural and do not include potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals.

Cohen and the research team found Novedex XT (contains an anabolic steroid and an anti-estrogen compound), Massdrol (bodybuilding supplement), Slim Xtreme Herbal Slimming Capsule (containing Sibutramine), and M-Drol (containing a steroid or steroid-like compound) as the faulty products. M-Drol was recalled in 2009 while Slim Xtreme Herbal Slimming Capsule was recalled in 2011. Massdrol was recalled in 2009 and Novedex XT: was recalled in 2010 as it included an anti-estrogen compound.

The research called for more aggressive enforcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It also urged for an increase in powers of the agency for preventing supposedly all-natural dietary supplements that are often spiked with pharmaceuticals from being marketed to consumers.

Steve Mister, president of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, remarked the journal article grossly misrepresents the extent of the situation and understates the success of FDA’s efforts. It was noted by Mister and Daniel Fabricant, executive director of the Natural Products Association, that the researchers were able to buy only 27 of the recalled supplements and the tests did not find pharmaceuticals in nine of them, indicating they had been reformulated.

Fabricant, who was the FDA’s top supplement regulator until this year, remarked the FDA does take action against companies that sell tainted supplements but it too often takes a long time to build felony cases against bad actors. He went on to remark that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should be using its authority to bring faster misdemeanor cases against firms selling adulterated supplements.

In a statement, the FDA said that it faces the challenge of providing effective deterrents to prevent unscrupulous firms from fraudulently marketing and importing these products. It also remarked the industry is extremely fragmented and often involves products made overseas and packaged and sold by different small distributors, some of them difficult to identify and lo

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Friday 19, Aug 2011

  Dreams of amateur bodybuilding aspirant shattered

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Dreams of amateur bodybuilding aspirant shattered The body of a Sydney student who rose to fame after transforming himself from self-confessed “skinny kid” to the pin-up boy of amateur bodybuilding is being brought home from Thailand.

Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian, 22, who was known as “Zyzz” to his legion of online fans died in a Bangkok sauna on Friday.

His elder brother, Said Shavershian, a personal trainer at Fitness First, was fined $479 recently for the possession of an anabolic steroid.

Thursday 17, Mar 2011

  Under-pressure children on drugs for sport win

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Under-pressure children on drugs for sport winAccording to a new study, dramatic increases have also been found in the number of young men taking harmful bodybuilding supplements.

Anabolic steroids and supplements such as Creatine are becoming more common among teenage and young males in the quest to attain the perfect body and boost the self-esteem.

An alarming rise in the use of steroids by young professionals, students and labourers, all for purely aesthetic reasons, was found by Drugscope, a drug abuse charity.

Friday 19, Feb 2010

  Steroid-enriched dietary supplements pose great risks

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Steroid-enriched dietary supplements pose great risksSteroid-enriched dietary supplements pose increased risks, a fact that has been suggested by three recent cases of patients facing severe health complications after using these supplements. The cases were brought into the notice of researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital.

The cases have been discussed in the present issue of The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and were related to patients with liver injury and renal failure.

It is worth nothing here that the U.S. F.D.A. had already issued a warning in relation to over-the-counter sale of bodybuilding supplements enriched with anabolic steroids.

Wednesday 02, Dec 2009

  Steroids and dietary supplements are a deadly combination

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Steroids and dietary supplements are a deadly combinationThree cases of patients facing severe health complications after using steroid-enriched dietary supplements have come into the knowledge of researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital. These cases have been discussed in the present issue of The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and pertained to patients with liver injury and renal failure.

It is worthwhile to note that the FDA had issued a warning in context to over-the-counter sale of bodybuilding supplements enriched with anabolic steroids.

It was remarked by lead author Stuart C. Gordon, M.D., Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Henry Ford Hospital that though not many cases have been highlighted in the past, yet there are many more to suggest that health of individuals, using such kinds of product is at a great risk and people using them may find themselves struggling with severe health complications.

 


Wednesday 14, Oct 2009

  Dietary Supplements with steroids is a deadly combination

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Dietary Supplements with steroids is a deadly combinationResearchers at the Henry Ford Hospital have reported that three cases of patients facing adverse effects of steroid-enriched dietary supplements have come to their knowledge.

These cases have been discussed in the current issue of The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. These cases pertain to patients suffering from renal failure and liver injury.

It is important to note that the FDA issued a warning with concern to the over-the-counter sale of bodybuilding supplements that are found to be enriched with anabolic steroids.

According to the lead author Stuart C. Gordon, M.D., Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Henry Ford Hospital, though there are not many cases yet the published cases clearly highlight the fact that health of individuals, using such kinds of products, can take a toll.