Washington, D.C. — At the end of last year, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) – the military’s largest logistics combat support agency – issued a notification prohibiting The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, as well as GNC retail stores located on military bases, from selling dietary supplements that contain 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA). This action was taken following the deaths of two soldiers who purportedly used DMAA-containing dietary supplements, even though the Department of Defense has acknowledged that a link between DMAA and the medical conditions reported has not been established.
Citizens for Health understands the Department of Defense’s desire to protect the health and safety of our military personnel. However, the answer is not to pull legally-marketed products from shelves before an investigation has been conducted to determine whether DMAA-containing products caused or contributed to the medical complications experienced by the soldiers. Rather, DLA made the premature and unsubstantiated decision to ban the sale of DMAA-containing products on its bases, based largely on media reports fueled by competitive interests. While an investigation is currently pending, DLA’s notification currently lacks scientific support and deals with issues that do not properly fall under its jurisdiction.
DMAA-containing dietary supplements are legally sold in the United States and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA’s stringent requirements – including the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, good manufacturing practice regulations, and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act – ensure the safety of dietary supplements.
Moreover, the safety of these products is independently supported by several peer-reviewed scientific studies, which the makers of products containing DMAA have made publicly available. Given the foregoing, we question why DLA’s notification was issued in the first place. The only thing DLA has done is needlessly interfere with the consumer’s right to purchase legal dietary supplements.
Such rights should not be infringed by DLA, especially in the absence of scientific evidence demonstrating a causal link between consumption of DMAA and medical complications. Citizens for Health calls on the Department of Defense to immediately rescind DLA’s notification and reinstate military personnel access to DMAA-containing products.
In the coming weeks, we will provide further updates as this situation unfolds. In the interim, Citizens for Health asks you to join us, the health freedom community, and concerned Americans everywhere in the campaign to get DLA’s notification rescinded and the free enterprise system restored on military bases.
If you agree that the Department of Defense should not interfere with military consumers’ right to purchase lawful dietary supplements, sign our petition now!