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Study: Diet supplement has meth-like chemical
October 14th, 2013
01:42 PM ET

Study: Diet supplement has meth-like chemical

Update (Tuesday 11:30 a.m. ET) - Driven Sports attorney Marc Ullman says Driven Sports suspended the production and sales of Craze several months ago while it investigated reports regarding the safety of Craze; the company does not currently have plans to resume production.

Less than a week after health officials asked stores to pull a fat-burning supplement from shelves, another dietary supplement is coming under fire.

Craze, a sports supplement marketed to bodybuilders, contains a chemical compound similar to the illegal drug methamphetamine, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed Drug Testing and Analysis journal. The substance, called N,alpha-diethylphenylethylamine or N,a-DEPEA, has never been studied in humans, according to Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and lead author of the study.

Scientists tested three Craze samples from three different suppliers, according to the study. They found N,a-DEPEA in all three - about 20 to 35 milligrams of the drug in a serving size of the supplement. These dosages suggest it was "not a minor contaminant resulting from the manufacturing process," the study authors wrote.
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