Scientific Journal Reveals Nutritional Supplement ‘Craze’ Contains a Chemical Similar to Methamphetamine, Reports Parker Waichman LLP

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The peer-reviewed scientific journal Drug Testing and Analysis this week published a report by a team of scientists from the U.S. and the Netherlands that reveals a chemical similar to methamphetamine has been found in samples of the sports supplement ‘Craze,’ which is sold by New York-based Driven Sports, reports Parker Waichman LLP.

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They warned that the chemical has never been studied in humans, that the health risks are unknown and that the presence of this chemical is not disclosed on Craze's label, according to the study.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers, notes that, according to an article published on Oct. 14, 2013, in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Drug Testing and Analysis, a team of scientists from the U.S. and the Netherlands tested a bodybuilding supplement called Craze and claim they found a chemical that's similar to methamphetamine. They warned that the chemical has never been studied in humans, that the health risks are unknown and that the presence of this chemical is not disclosed on Craze's label, according to the study. Lawsuits have previously been filed against Driven Sports, the manufacturer, primarily over allegations related to false advertising of the supplement. (On Aug. 22, 2013, a lawsuit – titled Nutritional Distribution LLC vs. Driven Sports, Sports Nutrition Research LTD and John Does 1 through 10 – was filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Case No. CV13-06195-JAK-PLA; and on March 16, 2012, a class action was filed, called Aaron Karman et al v. Driven Sports, Inc., Case No. 1203768, in Superior Court of the State of California, County of Riverside.)

USA Today reported on Oct. 16 that Walmart.com, Bodybuilding.com and additional online retailers stopped selling Craze earlier this summer in the wake of a previous investigation by the newspaper. However, USA Today reported that tubs of the powder continued to be available for purchase elsewhere online and in GNC stores. Recently, however, the product was no longer available on GNC.com, and Driven Sports' own website listed Craze as out of stock, USA Today noted in the report.

“Apparently, this case involves the use of a chemical that's supposedly similar to methamphetamine – it has never even been studied in humans and could pose health risks,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP, which is currently evaluating claims from those who have consumed Craze.

The lawsuit in which Nutritional Distribution LLC is named the Plaintiff alleges “this civil action [arises] from the Defendants’ false advertising and blatant misrepresentations regarding its Craze pre-workout nutritional supplement which is marketed as containing a natural extract as its active ingredient, when, in fact, it contains illegal analogs to methamphetamine.” It further claims that the “Defendants’ false, misleading, illegal and deceptive practices have violated the Lanham Act and have unjustly enriched Defendants at the expense of [the Plaintiff] and has caused [said Plaintiff] extensive and irreparable harm, including, but not limited to, price erosion of [Plaintiff’s] competing products and direct loss of revenues.”

The class action lawsuit alleges that Driven Sports advertises the product in a misleading and deceptive manner. Specifically, Driven Sports claims the product is a dietary supplement that is legal and safe. “In reality,” say the allegations, “the product is intentionally tainted with amphetamine, an illegal and dangerous controlled substance that is not declared as an ingredient in the product’s label.”

If you or someone you know has purchased the bodybuilding supplement such as Craze, you may have valuable legal rights. To discuss your case with one of our class action lawyers, please fill out our online form, or view our Craze Workout Supplement product liability page or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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Parker Waichman LLP
Gary P. Falkowitz, Managing Attorney
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