Dietary Supplement Causes Liver Failure

Many people turn to vitamins and supplements to augment their weight loss efforts. Because vitamins and supplements do not require FDA approval before going on the market, however, consumers are generally more vulnerable to injuries from vitamins and supplements than they are from pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, numerous injuries must usually occur before a dangerous or defective supplement or vitamin is pulled from store shelves.

Dangers of Geranium Extract

Recently, geranium extract, which is also known as methylhexanamine or DMAA, has been the subject of considerable controversy after the FDA instructed 11 manufacturers and distributors to pull DMAA-containing products from the market. An amphetamine derivative, DMAA has been associated with various health problems, including heart attack, liver failure, hepatitis, and, in some cases, even death.

DMAA Leads to Liver Transplant

One 35-year-old woman ultimately received a liver transplant after developing jaundice and an accumulation of fluid in her abdominal cavity after taking just three pills from a manufacturer marketing a DMAA-containing supplement under the name Saba ACE (Appetite Control and Energy). According to the manufacturer’s website, it is a direct selling organization organized under the name AMS Health Sciences. Fox News reported that the company claims it has removed DMAA from its products. The U.S. military has also reported two cases of liver failure associated with DMAA use.

In July 2013, the FDA banned DMAA-containing dietary supplements and any marketing practices promoting them, however, consumers should still be careful to check all supplement ingredient information to ensure they do not contain DMAA. The FDA warns that some products containing DMAA may still be available on the Internet.

Denver, Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured by a vitamin, supplement, or alternative therapy, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Klibaner Law Firm today at (303) 863-1445 to speak to an attorney about your case.

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