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Saturday, August 10, 2013
New Yorkers Warned about Dietary Supplements Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50, Multi-Minerals
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The New York State Department of Health on Wednesday announced that consumers should not use or purchase Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50, Multi-Minerals, or Vitamin C marketed as dietary supplements, due to the possible presence of potentially harmful anabolic steroids.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and DOH have received reports of 29 adverse incidents associated with the use of Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50. Some of these patients were reported to have also taken Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First Multi-Mineral and/or Vitamin C. These reports include fatigue, muscle cramping, and muscle pain, as well as abnormal laboratory findings for liver and thyroid function, and cholesterol levels. In addition, according to the FDA, females who used these products reported unusual hair growth and missed menstruation, and males who used the products reported impotence and findings of low testosterone.
The Department of Health issued advisories to the health provider community and is working with providers to help characterize symptoms and make recommendations for management of the health effects of use of the product. DOH is providing its support and cooperation, as needed, to assist the FDA's investigation into this matter.
Preliminary testing by the FDA of the Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50 product demonstrated the presence of anabolic steroids including methasterone and dimethazine. These ingredients are not listed on the label and should not be in a dietary supplement, the FDA reported. According to Purity First Health Products, Inc, the Multi-Mineral and Vitamin C capsules appear to contain dimethyltestosterone.