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

April 23, 2015 9:48 PM

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

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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