FDA Cracks Down on Amphetamine-Like Supplement BMPEA

FDA Cracks Down on Amphetamine-Like Supplement BMPEAApril 24, 2015 — The FDA has issued warning letters to five companies that sell supplements containing BMPEA, an amphetamine-like stimulant that has never been tested for safety.

The companies were warned to immediately stop selling supplements containing BMPEA or risk further enforcement action. Letters were sent to companies who make the following products:

Many products that contain the ingredient claim it comes from the Acacia rigidula plant. However, two years ago a study by the FDA found that BMPEA is not a constituent or extract of the plant.

The FDA also tested 21 supplements and found BMPEA in nine, but did not name the supplements or issue any recalls. Earlier this month, Dr. Pieter Cohen and colleagues did another round of testing and found BMPEA in 11 supplements — but this time they named all 11 products and demanded enforcement action by the FDA.

BMPEA (beta-methylphenethylamine) is a chemical relative of amphetamine that was first synthesized in the 1930s, but poorly studied. Doctors are concerned that it could cause an unsafe increase in blood pressure and heart rate. It is banned in athletes by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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