FDA Warns Weight Loss, Workout Supplement Sellers Listing BMPEA; Amphetamine Relative Not Natural

April 23, 2015 9:48 PM

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The FDA warned five companies this afternoon to stop selling weight loss, energy enhancement, and workout supplements containing BMPEA, citing that the substance does not meet the definition of a dietary ingredient.

The drug, beta-methylphenethylamine, first made in the 1930s, is a chemical relative of amphetamine but is surprisingly poorly-studied. While it’s unclear if BMPEA is a stimulant or possesses addictive qualities like amphetamine, doctors are concerned that it can cause an unsafe increase in heart ra...

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