PATERSON, N.J. (CN) – Nutrex advertises its dietary supplements as “all natural,” but uses drugs in them, including an amphetamine, which is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, according to a class action in Passaic County Court.
The class sued Nutrex Research, its president and founder Jeffrey A. McCarrell, and its vice president and co-founder Jens Ingenohl, all of Oviedo, Fla.
The two men “formulated the product,” and sell them as “Lipo-6 Hers,” “Lipo-6 Black” and “Ignite,” according to the complaint.
The class claims Nutrex pushes the products as “sports nutritional supplements” that “burn fat and allow people to lose weight … as a result of the cocktail of natural stimulants and other ingredients.”
But the key ingredient in all the products is a substance called “methylsynephrine,” which is “another name for a prescription drug called Oxilofrine,” according to the complaint. It adds that Oxilofrine is “a stimulant drug of the amphetamine class” that was developed and “used to treat low blood pressure.”
Oxilofrine “is a metabolite of methoxymethamphetamine,” commonly known as PMMA, which is “an illegal designer drug that is considered a banned substance in numerous countries” and has “been responsible for deaths of numerous people,” according to the complaint.
The class claims that Oxilofrine “is considered a performance-enhancing drug” and “is classified as a banned substance by both the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency.”
It claims that “testing of [Nutrex’s products] by gas chromatography confirms” the presence of Oxilofrine.
The fact that “methylsynephrine equals Oxilofrine … is common knowledge in the sports nutrition industry, given the suspension of numerous athletes” who took products containing it, and then tested positive for banned substances, according to the complaint.
They plaintiffs say that Nutrex knows about the problem, but continues to “falsely advertise” that its products are “all natural,” that they do not affect blood pressure and that they do not contain banned substances.
The class seeks damages for fraud. It is represented by Donald Boshada with Milstein, Adelman & Kreger of Elmwood Park, N.J.