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FDA warns consumers about caffeine powder. 

FDA advises consumers to stop using any supplement products labeled as OxyElite Pro or VERSA-1. Please see the following advisories: FDA -10/08/13, FDA - 10/11/13 and CDC - 10/08/13.

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New article on reporting side effects of supplements
Just published in The New England Journal of Medicine: A recent article brings up dietary supplement issues you need to be aware of and discusses how dietary supplement side effects could be monitored better. A PDF of the April 3rd article is available free online.

3rd International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance
August 18-21, 2014
The ICSPP delivers innovative scientific programming on soldiers’ physical performance with experts from around the world.

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Dietary supplement module
Earn continuing education credits (if eligible) for this two-hour online module.

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HPRC's human performance optimization (HPO) website is for U.S. Warfighters, their families, and those in the field of HPO who support them. The goal is Total Force Fitness: Warfighters optimized to carry out their mission as safely and effectively as possible.

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Question

Is there an all-encompassing list of dietary supplements that are banned or illegal for use by military personnel?

OPSS Answer

The Department of Defense (DoD) does not maintain a list of dietary supplements or supplement ingredients that are either “allowed” or “banned.” If the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has not banned or declared an ingredient or dietary supplement product illegal, then DoD does not consider it banned or illegal. However, FDA has found that many dietary supplements—especially weight-loss, bodybuilding, and sexual-enhancement products—contain undeclared drug ingredients (see the FAQ about high-risk supplements), which could be potentially harmful and/or produce unwanted results in a urinalysis test (see HPRC’s “Dietary supplements and drug testing,” which is also available as a PDF infosheet). To date FDA has declared two dietary supplement ingredients as illegal: ephedra and, recently, DMAA.

Updated 17 April 2014

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