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Dietary Supplement Mass Destruction Leads to Liver Failure

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In late December, a previously healthy 28-year-old man from North Carolina experienced liver failure that required a transplant after several weeks of using a dietary supplement called Mass Destruction. According to their website, the “U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to immediately stop using” this product, “marketed as a dietary supplement for muscle growth.” The supplement, which contains at least one synthetic anabolic steroid, has been linked to the liver failure of the North Carolina man. “Liver injury is generally known to be a possible outcome of using products that contain anabolic steroids and steroid-like substances,” according to the FDA. The product's ingredients are “undergoing further analysis” by the agency.

The supplement is sold in stores, gyms, and online, but it was not immediately apparent who the manufacturer of Mass Destruction was, according to the FDA. It is manufactured for Blunt Force Nutrition, a distributor based in Sims, North Carolina. According to the FDA, “consumers who suspect they are experiencing problems associated with Mass Destruction or other body building products should consult a health care professional.” Possible symptoms of liver failure and other health risks posed by such supplements can include fatigue, discolored urine, and abdominal or back pain.

All such supplements that contain steroids can pose a danger to consumers, Howard Sklamberg, a director in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said. It's a good idea to check in with the FDA's product recall page, where consumers can search any recall or advisories about products if they suspect they may be dangerous. Muscle-building supplements, such as Mass Destruction, aren't the only kind of body-altering supplements that have been deemed dangerous: weight-loss pills, herbal supplements, and GNC supplements have also come under fire as of late.

If you or someone you know has been affected by a faulty supplement that was not previously warned of by the FDA or product manufacturer, you could be eligible for compensation. Don't go through it alone. Contact a Chicagoland defective medical device attorney today.

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