DMAA Is Back! Or Maybe It Just Never Left!


DMAA, the once extremely popular stimulant found in pre-workouts such as the original Jack3d (and many others) that was banned by the FDA (or was it?) in 2013, is back in the form of multiple new pre-workout supplements.  That’s right.  It would appear as though some companies just don’t think the FDA has any grounds to ban DMAA and are fighting back the only way they can: by selling DMAA-containing pre-workouts anyway.

So What Changed?

Well, the recent wave of DMAA-containing pre-workouts might have something to do with a recent court case involving USP Labs in which it was ruled that Jack3d was not the cause of two deaths which brought on the lawsuit.  Although it is true that USP Labs, makers of Jack3d, are not considered liable in this instance, that doesn’t necessarily mean the FDA changes it’s mind about DMAA.

Is DMAA Illegal?

As far as we know, DMAA is still on the FDAs hit list, so these products may not be back for good.  Still, you can find DMAA in products from a few proud supplement companies, one of which is Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals who is currently battling to overturn the FDA decision to ban DMAA.  Will they do it?  Who knows.  It wouldn’t be the first time the FDA took a loss, but suing government agencies is tricky.  In the meantime though, you can still find DMAA in a bunch of products…

Supplements That Contain DMAA

You can bet that Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Jack’d Up will probably stick around for a while, since Hi-Tech has openly stated that they feel the FDA is wrong and are actually putting up the legal fees necessary to work it out in court.  Our guess?  Hi-Tech wins and DMAA comes back, but it might take a while.

In the meantime, the FDA will continue to put pressure on companies openly selling DMAA, and we’d guess Blackstone is probably on their list for the next round of warning letters.  So if you’re interested in trying the new Dust Extreme, which contains some pretty absurd levels of stimulants (not just DMAA), best to move quickly.

The Bottom Line On DMAA

It would appear that this is one of those grey areas that appears every now and then in the supplement industry.  Prohormones just experienced something like this, but with DMAA it seems much more likely that the FDA might actually back off.  Afterall, one of the primary reasons for the ban in the first place, the lawsuit against USP Labs, was dismissed.  That’s not exactly a good sign for the FDA, but we’ll see how this unfolds… exists to educate the supplement community and seperate the science from the hype.

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