Men's Health

FDA Works Up A Sweat Over Body Building “Supplements”

Earlier this week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, made public the official warning letters the agency sent to 3 peddlers of body building “supplements” that the agency alleges contain steroid ingredients or steroid-like ingredients. Those companies are:

  • Flex Fitness Products/Big Dan’s Fitness
  • AndroPharm
  • Hardcore Formulations

In its press release about the warning letters, the agency warned customers to be wary of such bodybuilding aids–whether the items are distributed by one of the warned companies or by another supplement company. From 2009 through 2016, says the agency, at least 35 men have suffered serious liver injuries after using products that were made with steroids or ingredients that act like steroids in the body.

Many of the men who suffered a liver injury reported using multiple steroid or steroid-like products, making the list of suspected products much longer than 35. And while not every single “spiked’ product can be traced back to its manufacturer or primary distributor, many of them can be. Specifically called out by the FDA were companies including:

  • Synthetic Science Labs
  • Americell-labs (VMG Global Inc.)
  • Gaspari Nutrition, British Dragon Nutraceutical
  • Pharmapro,Inc
  • Synthetic Science Labs
  • Nutraclipse, Inc.
  • Extreme Performance Group
  • IronMag Labs
  • Amf, Inc.
  • Competitive Edge Labs, LLC
  • LGI Supplements
  • Complete Nutrition, Legal Limit Labs
  • Blunt Force Nutrition
  • Body Sport Science
  • Goldstar Nutrition
  • Blackstone Labs
  • Flex Fitness Products
  • Helica Pharm
  • Hard Rock Corporate Headquarters, Rock Hard Laboratories, LLC
  • IronMag Labs
  • Cellucor, Genetech Pharma Labs
  • LGI Supplements
  • DNA Anabolics
  • Blackstone Labs
  • Warrior Labz
  • IronMagLabs

As for the 3 companies that were most recently warned, the FDA cautions users of such products to remember that while the products are sold as dietary supplements, they are, in fact, not dietary supplements, but are drugs that are being illegally hawked to (often unsuspecting) consumers. None of warned companies was on the list of companies known or suspected of selling one of the products known or suspected to have injured a user.


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