Bodybuilding.com, an online fitness supplement company, has agreed to pay $7 million in fines for violations of the federal Food and Drug Act. The company and its former president, Jeremy DeLuca, were each charged with misdemeanor counts of introduction and delivery of misbranded drugs for interstate commerce. DeLuca will have to pay a personal fine of $600,000 on top of the company's settled payout.
Charges against the company and DeLuca stem from a two year investigation into the company's practices that ended in a federal raid of its headquarters and a Boise, ID warehouse in its possession. At the warehouse, federal agents discovered five different products that were labeled as dietary supplements but actually contained anabolic steroids or synthetic clones. In addition to the fines the company has paid, Bodybuilding.com has been placed on four years of probation, and DeLuca will be on probation for an unspecified period of time.
Fitness supplements often contain dangerous additives, many of which are passed off as natural enhancements. Unfortunately, many of these so-called natural additives are actually potentially dangerous substances, like the anabolic steroids deceptively distributed by Bodybuilding.com. If you or a loved one has been injured by a health or fitness supplement that was mislabeled or contained dangerous additives, you may be entitled to compensation and a dangersous drug attorney can help.
Contact a personal injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation regarding your case.