In 2013, U.S. Food and Drug Administration have discovered amphetamine like substance in dietary supplements and after two years this substance is still found in the supplements.
This stimulant is beta-methylphenylethylamine, or BMPEA which is found in supplements that contain Acacia rigidula. Researchers have tested 21 brands of Acacia rigidula after the year FDA discovered the stimulant and the study and preparation took another year.
The report revealed that BMPEA is still being used in dietary supplements.
The products tested by the researchers are mainly used to improve athletic performance, enhance cognitive function and weight loss.
An FDA spokeswoman, JuliAnn Putnam, said the agency’s “first priority” is to ensure dietary supplements are safe and that “our review of the available information on products containing BMPEA does not identify a specific safety concern at this time.”
Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and who led the study said that FDA should warn costumers about BMPEA and should take actions to eliminate the stimulant from dietary supplements and it should not wait until someone gets killed by it and should take immediate steps.
BMPEA is not tested on humans but it is tested on animals and it has shown to increase heart rate and blood pressure in cats and dogs.
Cohen said Acacia rigidula is a shrub native to Texas and does not contain BMPEA. BMPEA is a synthetic drug produced in lab.
FDA has banned the stimulant Ephedra in 2004 for its adverse effects and now BMPEA has taken its place.