The state of Oregon has filed suit against GNC. The state is accusing the dietary supplement retailer of selling drugs that have not been approved in the United States.
“It is scary to know that certain products sold by GNC contain an ingredient that is not even labeled — let alone approved in the United States,” said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. “When Oregonians buy a dietary supplement, they deserve to know that the ingredients in the products are safe and comply with the law.”
CBS News explains the lawsuit:
The lawsuit filed Thursday in Portland zeroes in on two ingredients: picamilon and BMPEA.
Picamilon is a synthetic chemical used as a prescription drug in some countries to treat neurological conditions. BMPEA is an amphetamine-like stimulant which the World Anti-Doping Agency has banned for use by athletes.
The complaint alleges that GNC sold products labeled as containing botanical Acacia rigidula that in fact had been spiked with BMPEA, not mentioned on the label.
GNC has since removed the products from its shelves and posted on its website that it contests the claims of the lawsuit.
For more on this, read the article from CBS News titled: “Oregon sues GNC over ingredients in dietary supplements.“