Supplements recalled, contain dangerous liver toxin

When we purchase vitamins and supplements from California stores’ shelves, we generally expect that they will include safe ingredients designed to boost our health, not harm us. That is not always the case, though, as many supplement companies are poorly monitored by the federal government and specially protected from many types of regulatory scrutiny. As a result, scores of California residents have suffered serious injurybecause their vitamins and supplements contained dangerous substances.

Now, yet another set of dangerous products is being recalled from the shelves, this time because it contains a toxic ingredient that could compromise users’ health. The supplements, known as Enhanced and Alphamine, are produced by the negligent manufacturer known as Physique Enhancing Science, or PES. The products contain aegeline, which has been targeted by the Food and Drug Administration for its potential to cause life-threatening liver injuries. The compound was initially flagged because of its inclusion in another product: USPlabs’ OxyElite Pro. Although investigators are not sure whether aegeline is the culprit in the supplements, USPlabs has decided to issue a recall.

So far, PES has issued a recall for specific lots of the Enhanced product that were distributed between Feb. 4 and Nov. 5. Lots of Alphamine distributed in September and November were also targeted in the recall. PES representatives say that their compounds are undergoing reformulation and should be safe for consumption after their re-launch in January.

It may be too early to tell whether victims who consumed these products suffered serious liver damage. Scores of fitness enthusiasts may have been endangered thanks to the negligent manufacturers’ distribution of such dangerous products. In such cases, California victims may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault parties, who may be required to pay for medical costs and continued health monitoring for those who consumed the product. Personal injury attorneys can help these victims learn more about their courtroom rights against these supplement companies.

Source: www.usatoday.com, “Ingredient spurs firm to recall two sports supplements” Alison Young, Nov. 21, 2013