GNC Illegal Synthetic Ingredients Lawsuit

Supplements May Contain Picamilon, Acacia Rigidula and BMPEA

Our attorneys have filed a class action lawsuit alleging that General Nutrition Company (GNC) knowingly sold products containing unlawful synthetic chemicals to consumers.

According to the lawsuit, certain dietary supplements sold by GNC were spiked with illegal and potentially dangerous substances: picamilon, BMPEA, and acacia rigidula. The Food and Drug Administration has stated in warning letters to manufacturers as well as in an official declaration that picamilon, BMPEA, and acacia rigidula are not approved “dietary ingredients” under federal law and therefore cannot lawfully be sold to consumers.

The complaint, last amended in April 2016, alleges that by knowingly selling dietary supplements labeled with picamilon, BMPEA, and acacia rigidula, GNC falsely represented to consumers that these substances were safe and approved for sale as dietary ingredients. The suit also alleges that certain other supplements sold by GNC contained undisclosed BMPEA falsely labeled as acacia rigidula.

The first amended consolidated complaint asks the court to certify a nationwide class of affected consumers, as well as subclasses of consumers from Arkansas, California, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

GNC has moved to dismiss the complaint, and Plaintiffs have opposed the motion. The district court is currently considering the motion.

What Are Picamilon, Acacia Rigidula, and BMPEA?

Picamilon is a synthetic chemical developed by researchers in the former Soviet Union. It is used as a prescription drug in Russia for a variety of neurological conditions but has never been approved for prescription or other use in the United States.

BMPEA is an amphetamine-like synthetic chemical that is not found in nature. Its effects on humans are largely unknown but a study has linked the chemical to the occurrence of hemorrhagic stroke. The use of BMPEA has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Organization.

Acacia rigidula is a botanical extract that the FDA has stated has no history of safe use.

Did You Buy Affected Dietary Supplements from GNC?

If you believe that you used one of GNC’s dietary supplements containing picamilon, BMPEA, or acacia rigidula and want to receive updates about the case, fill out the form to the right. You may also receive a free consultation with our attorneys by filling out the form or calling toll-free (800) 254-9493.

Gibbs Law Group LLP is one of the nation’s leading firms representing consumers and small businesses in cases involving consumer protection.

Affected Products

Products with Picamilon
Charge Extreme Energy BoosterLabrada Bodybuilding Nutrition
Lean Body for Her Fat BurnerLabrada Bodybuilding Nutrition
Lean Body Hi Energy Fat BurnLabrada Bodybuilding Nutrition
TestekQNT International, Inc.
Riptek V2QNT International, Inc.
Tru MangodrinTruderma, LLC
Turbo ShredSwole Sports Nutrition
Jacked PackBD Health Partners
Mr. Hyde- Fruit PunchProsupps USA LLC
Mr. Hyde – WatermelonProsupps USA LLC
Dr. Jekyll- Power PunchProsupps USA LLC
Dr. Jekyll- WatermelonProsupps USA LLC
Mr. Hyde- Orange GuavaProsupps USA LLC
Vanish BonusProsupps USA LLC
Mr. Hyde- Red RazzProsupps USA LLC
Mr. Hyde RTD Blue RazzProsupps USA LLC
Mr. Hyde – Blue RazzProsupps USA LLC
Mr. Hyde RTD Fruit PunchProsupps USA LLC
NirvanaSensatus Group LLC
ENGN Fruit PunchEvlution Nutrition
ENGN Blue RazEvlution Nutrition
ENGN Green AppleEvlution Nutrition


Products with Acacia Rigidula
Hit Fastin XRHi Tech Pharmaceuticals
Lipodrene XRHi Tech Pharmaceuticals
Fastin XR DMAA FreeHi Tech Pharmaceuticals
Jetfuel SuperburnWorld Health Products LLC
Green Coffee Bean + EnergyRightway Nutrition
MX-LS7Isatori Global Technologies


Products Labeled with BMPEA
FastinHigh Tech Pharmaceuticals
Fastin DMAA FreeHigh Tech Pharmaceuticals
Meltdown WatermelonVPX Sports, Inc.
Meltdown Peach MangoVPX Sports, Inc.
Meltdown Exotic FruitVPX Sports, Inc.
Lipo 6 BlackNutrex Research
MeltdownVPX Sports, Inc.
Redline Ultra Hardcore TwinpkVPX Sports, Inc.
Redline Ultra Hardcore BonusVPX Sports, Inc.
Redline Ultra HardcoreVPX Sports, Inc.
Redline Hardcore Blister PakVPX Sports, Inc.
Fruit N.O. ShotgunVPX Sports, Inc.
Grp Bgum Shotgun V3VPX Sports, Inc.
Craze — Candy GrapeDriven Sports
Vanish BonusProsupps USA LLC
Shredz BurnerShredz Supplements
Iso Lean 2VPX Sports, Inc.
Iso Lean 3VPX Sports, Inc.
Methyl Drive 2.0VPX Sports, Inc.