DMAA, the Drug Misnamed "Geranium" - THE LATEST
Molecules of drugs, DMAA, Amphetamine Meth (left), compared to Geraniol (not a drug) on the right.
"A dietary supplement company has destroyed $8 million worth of sports nutrition products in response to a crackdown by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on a controversial stimulant ingredient called DMAA.
"FDA officials announced Tuesday that USPlabs voluntarily destroyed all DMAA-containing products located at its Dallas facility. The products were sold under the names OxyElite Pro and Jack3d. USPlabs has agreed to stop manufacturing supplements with DMAA, the FDA said. �
"Beginning in April 2012, the FDA issued warning letters to several dietary supplement companies notifying them that products containing DMAA were illegal and needed to be removed from the market or reformulated. Although DMAA was called geranium extract and touted by some makers as an all-natural stimulant, the FDA said it was really a drug that could not legally be put in supposedly all-natural dietary supplements.
"The FDA also warned that DMAA can cause health risks, especially when combined with caffeine. Most of the companies that were warned stopped distributing the products, the FDA has said."From USATODAY.com (July 6, 2013)
[Geraniol is the fragrant compound in rose-scented geraniums; DMAA is a drug often referred to as geranium. Ed.]