Jack3d (pronounced “jacked”) is a supplement used by fitness enthusiasts looking for a pre-workout booster or weight-loss. Jack3d contains DMAA, which is a stimulant drug similar to ephedrine and amphetamines. The U.S. Department of Defense banned Jack3D on bases after two soldiers who died of heart attacks were found to have DMAA in their blood.
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UPDATE: Jack3D Class Action Lawsuit Settled for $2 Million
September 24, 2014 — Law360.com reports that USPLabs and GNC have agreed to pay $2 million to settle a class action lawsuit in Florida involving OxyElite Pro and Jack3D. Click here to read more.
September 16, 2014 — USPLabs, LLC has filed a second motion (PDF) to centralize dozens of lawsuits involving OxyElite Pro and Jack3D supplements in a MDL. They were hit with another 12 lawsuits involving 40 new plaintiffs in the last few months. Click here to read more.
April 8, 2014 — Federal judges have decided against centralizing lawsuits and class actions involving OxyElite Pro and Jack3D into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL). Click here to read more.
January 22, 2014 — USPLabs requests the centralization of Jack3D lawsuits in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL), consolidating 9 lawsuits and 3 class actions involving 30 plaintiffs. Click here to read more.
July 16, 2013 –– Prosecutors from the Justice Department, on behalf of the FDA, have requested permission to seize 3,200 cases of DMAA products (Jack3D and OxyElite Pro) from warehouses owned by GNC in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Click here to read more.
July 2, 2013 — The FDA has announced that USPLabs has voluntarily destroyed about $8 million worth Jack3D and OxyElite Pro stored at a facility in Dallas, Texas. Click here to read more.
April 16, 2013 — New FDA warning for DMAA. Click here to read more.
March 13, 2013 — The first-ever DMAA lawsuit has been filed in San Diego on behalf of a 22 year-old soldier who died of a cardiac arrest during routine physical training after using the recommended dosage of Jack3D the morning before his training. Click here to read more.
January 31, 2013 — The DMAA supplement Jack3D has been linked to the death of a woman who died while running the London Marathon in April last year. Click here to read more.
January 23, 2013 — USPLabs has agreed to settle a DMAA class action lawsuit for $2 million. Click here to read more.
April 27, 2012 — USP Labs, the manufacturer of Jack3D, has been sent a Warning Letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has concluded that “synthetically-produced DMAA is not a ‘dietary ingredient’ and, therefore, is not eligible to be used as an active ingredient in a dietary supplement.” The company is being specifically cited for failing to provide the FDA with a New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) notification. By law, all supplements that contain ingredients introduced after 1994 must provide the FDA with an NDI with evidence of the safety of the ingredient. Because manufacturers have never provided the FDA with this information, supplements containing DMAA are adulterated. Furthermore, the FDA warns that DMAA is known to cause blood vessel constriction, which can elevate blood pressure and increase the risk of deadly heart attacks.
August 2006 — The Washington Post reports that DMAA was first marketed as a supplement by Patrick Arnold, a chemist who served federal prison time for his role in the BALCO / Barry Bonds sports-doping scandal. Click here to read more.
Jack3d is a dietary supplement that contains DMAA, which is a stimulant drug similar to amphetamines and ephedrine, but weaker. It is sold by a Dallas-based company called USPlabs, which sells Jack3d and another popular DMAA product, OxyElite Pro, online and in supplement stores.
The product is marketed as a pre-workout performance enhancer, general energy booster, and weight-loss pill. It is mostly used by fitness enthusiasts looking for a little extra boost during their regular workout routine. The supplement store GNC claims that it has sold 440 million doses of products containing DMAA since 2007, making this one of the most popular fitness supplements in the nation.
DMAA was originally sold on the internet in 2006 by a chemist who openly claimed to have supplied steroids to BALCO, the laboratory responsible for supplying anabolic steroids to professional baseball players, including Barry Bonds. There was a major scandal involving a Federal investigation of the company in 2002. Before then, they had gained popularity as a company that could produce “designer” steroids that would go undetected in drug tests, even at the Olympic level.
The governments of Canada and New Zealand have banned DMAA as a synthetic drug. It is also banned by major professional sports organizations, including the World Anti-Doping Agency.
DMAA appears on product labels under many names, including:
- Geranamine, Geranium oil, extract, or any part of the geranium plant
- methylhexaneamine (MHA)
Products containing DMAA include:
- USPlabs Jack3d (Tropical Fruit and Lemon Lime)
- USPlabs Oxy Elite Pro
- Nutrex Lipo 6 Black Caps (his and hers)
- Nutrex Lipo 6 Black Ultra Concentrated (his and hers)
- Nutrex Hemo Rage Black Powder (Punch and Berry)
- Isatori PWR
- Muscletech Neurocore
- Muscletech Hydroxyslim
- Fahrenheit Nutrition Lean EFX
- Muscle Warfare Napalm
- All American Efx K-Otic
- SNI Nitric Blast
- BIORhythm SSIN Juice
- Muscle Meds Code Red
- SEI MethylHex (4 and 2)
- Grenade (universal) Grenade
- M.A.P. (iovate) Arson
- Gaspari Nutrition Spirodex
Jack3d Linked to Deaths
The most serious side effect of Jack3d and other DMAA-containing products is death, most likely by heart attack or stroke. The U.S. Department of Defense has banned the sale of DMAA products on U.S. military bases, following the deaths of two soldiers. One soldier who died was a 22 year-old who collapsed during a training run. The other was a 32 year-old who collapsed during a physical fitness test; he died one month later in the hospital. Both men suffered unusual heart attacks, both were at the same military base in the Southwest, and both had DMAA in their bloodstream.
DMAA was also found in the bloodstream of a New Zealand man who had taken DMAA-laced “party pills,” and later died. It is not clear if the DMAA caused his death, but it is a warning sign. One website advertising Jack3d, (www.jack-3d.com/side-effects) claims that the New Zealand man’s death was caused by irresponsible use of the drug, and combining it with alcohol and other drugs. They claim that users should exhibit “common sense” when using Jack3d.
Other happy users agree that Jack3d is safe at “reasonable” doses. They also advocate “cycling” on and off the product. It is important to note that many drugs can actually be more harmful when a person is starting or stopping their use, and there is no safety data regarding “cycling” on and off Jack3d. However, there is evidence that Jack3d and other DMAA products can cause serious side effects.
Unfortunately, there is no credible safety evidence regarding “reasonable” use of Jack3d. The seven safety studies listed on the website of USPlabs have small sample sizes (98 people total, spread over seven different studies, and some of these people were taking placebos). Much of the data was also gathered over short periods of time (hours or weeks). The results were “published” in an online journal with a volunteer-based peer review system, which advertises that it can publish a study in three weeks.
Jack3d and the Geranium Plant
You may have heard that DMAA is a natural substance derived from the geranium plant. Many products list DMAA as geranium oil, extract, leaf, stem, or other part of the geranium plant. The evidence linking DMAA to the geranium plant is weak, and most experts now agree that there is no credible evidence linking DMAA to a natural source. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), a trade group whose members include herbal dietary supplement manufacturers, has banned its users from listing DMAA as any part of the geranium plant. The governments of Canada and New Zealand have banned DMAA because they believe it is a synthetic drug.
There has been exactly one scientific report that has linked DMAA to geranium. It was published in 1996 in a non-peer-reviewed Chinese technical journal. The people behind the study took dried botanical samples of the geranium plant and ran them through a spectrometer machine. The machine analyzed the data and automatically assigned identities to the compounds in the plant. The results of this test have never been reproduced. No manufacturer of DMAA has agreed to provide cut and dried botanical samples to an independent scientist to prove that the chemical comes from the plant.
The evidence linking DMAA to a synthetic source is very strong. DMAA was first mass produced by Eli Lilly, a pharmaceutical drug company. They developed the product as a nasal decongestant spray, sold under the brand-name Forthane. Though the product never took off, there was a medical safety study of the product conducted in the 1950s. They found that, in animals, DMAA was more potent than ephedrine. Adverse effects of ephedrine include deadly cardiovascular events, gastrointestinal problems, and central nervous system effects.
Jack3d Side Effects
Health risks linked to the use of Jack3d include:
- Cold sweats
- Increased blood pressure
- Liver failure
- Kidney failure
- Loss of consciousness
- Racing heartbeat
- Heart Attack
- Lethal exhaustion
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