April 15, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a Warning Letter to Driven Sports Inc., the manufacturers of Craze supplements, after laboratory tests detected methamphetamine-like compounds.
Driven Sports stopped selling Craze last year, but they did not issue a recall. They have already re-introduced another product, Frenzy, which is only available outside the United States.
The FDA is concerned that Dendrobex™ (also known as Dendrobium Extract, stem, N,α-diethylphenylethylamine, and other names) does not really come from the orchid plant, as Driven Sports insists. Instead, the FDA cites a study published in October 2013 by a scientist at Harvard who found that the ingredient was actually a methamphetamine-like compound.
The FDA also cited several studies listing the alkaloid composition of the Dendrobium plant. None of these studies have found the compounds in Dendrobex™.
In a statement to USA Today, the FDA said it was important for them to issue the warning letter even though Craze was no longer being sold:
“Before the warning letter was issued, the agency took immediate action by reaching out to Driven Sports to discuss discontinuing the marketing of the firm’s CRAZE product. Regardless of the fact that the firm discontinued marketing the product, the safety concerns associated with the product are significant enough to merit formal documentation to reinforce with Driven Sports and the industry as a whole the gravity of these safety concerns.”
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