Consumers don’t read scientific journals to find out drug safety information, he said. “The FDA has to take aggressive, public action to alert consumers, and aggressive legal action againt the companies selling these products,” Cohen said. When asked whether the FDA has plans to alert consumers about the findings, Arthur Whitmore, an FDA spokesperson, said: “in response to the study findings the agency is contemplating appropriate follow-up steps, and at this time can not specify what those steps are.” Last month, Cohen and colleagues reported finding a methamphetamine-like compound, which had also not been tested in people, in the workout supplement Craze . Illegal ingredient It’s not clear how long manufacturers have been using Acacia rigidula in supplements (or labeling their supplements as containing the ingredient), Cohen said. At least six products sold at the nutrition retailer GNC contain Acacia rigidula, according to a search of the company’s online store.
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Amphetamine-like compounds found in weight loss supplements
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