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Oregon attorney general files lawsuit against GNC alleging illegal ingredients

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Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has filed a lawsuit against General Nutrition Corporation, better known as GNC, for allegedly selling supplements that contain illegal ingredients.

In the lawsuit filed Thursday, the attorney general states the company violated the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act by misrepresenting certain products as dietary supplements when they contain the illegal ingredients picamilon or BMPEA.

Rosenblum said they are unapproved drugs that may not be lawfully sold in the U.S. as dietary supplements.

The complaint also alleges that GNC sold products labeled as containing botanical acacia rigidula that had been spiked with unlabeled BMPEA.

GNC responded with a statement Thursday that said, "The claims made by the Oregon Attorney General are without merit and GNC intends to vigorously defend against these allegations.  In response to FDA statements regarding the regulatory status of BMPEA and picamilon, GNC promptly took action to remove from sale all products containing those ingredients."

Picamilon is a synthetic chemical used as a prescription drug in some countries to treat neurological conditions, according to the attorney general's office, while BMPEA is described as a "powerful stimulant and amphetamine-like substance" sometimes sold as weight loss or performance enhancing products.

The Food and Drug Administration assisted in the investigation.

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