Vitamin B-Complex on Steroids

In mid 2012 the FDA announced a voluntary recall of a product made by Purity First called B-50.  Of course this product was intended to be a vitamin B complex, however multiple adverse event reports initiated testing.  Once testing was complete they found that Purity First B-50 contained methasterone (superdrol) a scheduled designer steroid, and dimethazine, another strong designer steroid.  You can check out more details on their findings and recall at the Total Flex Blog.

What does the Purity First Recall have to do with Blackstone Labs?

blackstone labs recallBlackstone Labs is a Florida based company owned by two relatively well-known men in the bodybuilding industry – Aaron Singerman, and PJ Braun.  Their company is actually quite young, so this likely comes as fairly bad news to them so early on.  The bad news is a voluntary recall involving the FDA and the same contract manufacturer that produced Purity First B-50.  A contract manufacturer simply encapsulates, labels, and even sources raw materials for supplement companies.  Poor quality control standards can lead to various contamination.  From my perspective it seems as if the FDA began looking around the contract manufacturer (Mira Health Products Ltd. in this case) and found that they didn’t like the ingredients in a couple of Blackstone Labs products they manufactured.  Specifically Super DMZ Rx 2.0, and Metha-Drol Extreme.

The FDA indicates Super DMZ Rx 2.0 is being recalled because a New Dietary Ingredient (NDA) was not submitted by Blackstone Labs for the ingredient 2, 17a-dimethyl-17b-hydroxy-5a-androst-1-en-3-one, or better known as “methylstenbolone”.  Interestingly the product also contains (according to the label) dimethazine, but the FDA did not mention anything about it in Super DMZ Rx 2.0.

They also recalled Metha-Drol Extreme.  Metha-Drol Extreme is labeled to contain methylstenbolone, dimethazine, and methoxygonadiene or “Max LMG”.  And again the FDA indicates the recall is simply for it containing dimethazine, without an approved NDA.

All of this makes for a good explanation of how Purity First vitamin B complex became contaminated with designer steroids.  This of course is not the fault of Blackstone Labs, but the fault of the contract manufacturer (and perhaps Blackstone Labs for selecting them as their manufacturer).  Nonetheless it opened the door to the FDA and any products that Mira Health may have manufactured.  Mira Health has fairly little liability left, at least financially, as they closed their doors in September.

Where does this leave Blackstone Labs?

This certainly isn’t good news, but Blackstone Labs appears to be shrugging it off.  In fact, Super DMZ Rx 2.0 is still available for sale as of today on their website (I suspect that won’t last much longer).  They did make a brief announcement on their forum that both products would be discontinued.  Still they are giving up on the prohormone game.  In fact just yesterday Aaron Singerman indicated they were working on several new products including one called “Halo-Elite” which undoubtedly is a halodrol (4-chloro-17a methyl-androst-1,4-diene-3,17b-diol) clone of some sort:

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It also appears they plan to launch Cobra 60, and as Aaron stated a third unknown product.  This is a good sign that they don’t appear to be in any serious legal trouble, which is good news for other prohormone companies, and prohormone users.  And if you follow this site, you know that I support less supplement regulation, and more education (the point of this site).  So I only have well wishes for their continued efforts in the supplement industry.

By Travis DeGraff

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