“When people take products that contain undeclared drugs, they are unable to make informed decisions about their health care,” says Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP.
Port Washington, New York (PRWEB) November 19, 2014
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm representing patients injured by drugs and medical devices comments on a recall of Mayhem dietary supplements, produced by Chaotic Labz of Atkins, Arkansas. The recalled supplements were recalled after distribution nationwide to online stores and nutritional supplement sellers. The recall was prompted after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration laboratory analysis revealed the supplement contained undeclared prescription drugs, according to the federal agency’s November 14, 2014 announcement.
The recalled Mayhem dietary supplement is marketed for bodybuilders and was found to contain undeclared dexamethasone, which is sold under the brand, Decadron and is a prescription corticosteroid typically used in the treatment of inflammatory conditions. The supplement also contained the prescription antihistamine, cyproheptadine. These undeclared medications render this product an unapproved drug, according to federal regulators.
When consumers take undeclared drugs unknowingly, serious adverse reactions may occur. For example, one such undeclared drug in Mayhem is a corticosteroid that may impact the patient’s immune response, may lead to withdrawal symptoms if suddenly stopped, and may impact adrenal functioning if taken long-term, according to Parker Waichman LLP.
Corticosteroids may also lead to increased blood sugar, muscle injuries, and mania in people with bipolar disorder, the agency indicates. Antihistamines like cyproheptadine may lead to drowsiness. The undeclared drug ingredients in Mayhem may also lead to significant adverse reactions when combined with other drugs.
Drugs must go through an approval process with the FDA to ensure safety and efficacy and appropriate testing and labeling. These processes ensure consumers, and their physicians, are aware of potential drug interactions, adverse reactions, and appropriate uses, for example, Parker Waichman LLP indicates.
“When people take products that contain undeclared drugs, they are unable to make informed decisions about their health care,” says Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “Our firm continues to represent individuals who have allegedly suffered injuries associated with the use of prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and allegedly adulterated supplement products.”
Parker Waichman LLP offers free consultations to victims of injuries associated with the use of allegedly defective drug products. If you or a loved one experienced complications following use of the supplement Mayhem, please visit the firm's Drug Injury Page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).