The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered anabolic steroids in a vitamin B dietary supplement called B-50. The product was sold by Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First.
The FDA warned that the supplement contains two anabolic steroids that have been linked to unusual hair growth in women and impotence in men.
The warning was issued after the FDA received 29 reports of problems in relation to the vitamin supplement, reports Reuters. The reports included fatigue, muscle cramping, and muscle pain.
People who reported issues also had abnormal liver, thyroid, and cholesterol tests. While women reported unusual hair growth and missed periods, men reported low testosterone and impotence.
Healthy Life Chemistry has refused to recall the vitamin B product containing steroids. The product was manufactured by Mira Health Products and both companies are based in Farmingdale, New York.
The FDA added that the company could be liable to criminal prosecution should it continue to sell B-50. CNN notes that some patients who took the supplement were hospitalized. Thankfully, no deaths were reported.
Howard Sklamberg, director of the FDA's compliance office, stated, "Products marketed as a vitamin but which contain undisclosed steroids pose a real danger to consumers and are illegal." Both steroids discovered by the FDA are controlled substances, making their sale in a vitamin product illegal.
The FDA has asked anyone who used the product and has had symptoms as a result to seek medical care and report the issue to the FDA. The organization first found the issue after a physician treated 20 patients who had similar symptoms and strange lab results. All patients had been referred by a different physician who prescribed dietary supplements.
After researching, it was found that the patients had the same product in common, the vitamin B supplement. The FDA discovered the steroids after collecting samples and testing them. It is unclear what response Healthy Life Chemistry will have to the steroid allegations.
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