The FDA is warning users of a popular nutritional supplement, Mass Destruction, to stop immediately. The supplement is being used to stimulate muscle growth. The FDA is saying that Mass Destruction contains potentially harmful synthetic steroids.
The FDAS was reacting to a report from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The report said that a healthy user who had used the product for several weeks experienced liver failure. He needed to have a liver transplant to save his life.
Howard Sklamberg, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said in an agency news release:
“Products marketed as supplements that contain anabolic steroids pose a real danger to consumers. The FDA is committed to ensuring that products marketed as dietary supplements and vitamins do not pose harm to consumers.”
Liver damage is a known risk to users of anabolic steroids and substances that have steroid like effects. The FDA says that Mass Destruction contains at least one synthetic anabolic steroid and further analysis may show more.
The FDA has also opened an investigation into the identity of the manufacturer of Mass Destruction. The supplement is sold by a company called Blunt Force Nutrition, based in Sims, North Carolina. They do not produce Mass Destruction but only market it.
Users of Mass Destruction are encouraged to report any signs of symptoms to their doctor and the authorities. Symptoms of damage from Mass Destruction include:
- Unexplained fatigue
- Abdominal or back pain
- Discolored urine
- Any other unexplained health changes
The FDA is encouraging users to investigate the long term effects of anabolic steroids or synthetic substitutes. The long term health effects are not yet known but can effect child growth, cause disruptions in body fat levels or permanent liver damage.
Do you think the FDA may be over reacting?