• Craze Class Action Lawsuit Dismissed

      By Hank Schultz Nutra Ingredients USA

      Driven Sports, maker of the preworkout supplement Craze, announced that a class action lawsuit against the product has been dismissed.

      According to a statement by the company, the class-action lawsuit, filed by Newport Trial group, alleged that Craze contained amphetamines. Driven Sports said, “Craze does not, has not, and never will contain amphetamines, nor any other banned or controlled substance. The lawsuit dismissal is a great vindication for the Craze product and the Driven Sports brand.”

      The company said the suit was dismissed after it was able to obtain a copy of the lab report submitted by the trial group. According to Driven Sports, that test confirmed that the product did not contain amphetamines.

      Another allegation in the lawsuit pertains to some of the ingredients in Craze. The suit said that the supplement contains contains new dietary ingredients that have not been the subject of a NDI notification, namely Dendrobex (Dendrobium Extract, Stem - orchid) nor Citramine (Citrus Reticulata Extract, Fruit) .

      Were both ingredients were on the market prior to 1994? “That’s our belief,” Matt Cahill, VP of operations for Driven Sports, told NutraIngredients-USA last year when the lawsuit was filed.


      According to American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) composite list of old dietary ingredients (ODIs), both Dendrobium nobile Lindl. and Dendrobium officinale are old dietary ingredients.

      However, the real question is whether or not all of the individual compounds listed in the Dendrobex are in fact found in Dendrobium. Dendrobium has come to be seen as a stand-in for the new-discredited DMAA. According to the label, the Dendrobex ingredient contains “concentrated for alkaloid content including Dendrobine, Dendroxine, Dendramine, B-Phenylethylamine, N,N-Dimethyl-B-Phenylethylamine, and N,N-Diethyl-B-Phenylethylamine.”

      All of these ingredients have stimulant properties. Craze, a powdered product meant to be mixed into a beverage, also contains caffeine and has warnings on the label to not exceed a daily dosage of 2-scoops.

      The lengthy list of chemicals attributed to Dendrobex has given some industry observers pause. James Neal-Kababick, director of Flora Research Laboratories, has done extensive research on dendrobium.

      Kababick said he could not comment on Dendrobex directly, but he did say that he has yet to find any phenylethylamines that are native to dendrobium.

      Driven Sports stands by the ingredients in the product. According to a statement by the company, Craze has been the subject of four human clinical trials with a fifth underway. “Driven Sports is eager to publish the results of these studies in the very near future,” the company said. In addition, the company said that formula was reviewed by an independent toxicologist and by “our on-staff board certified endocrinologist prior to release.”

      Source: http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/...%2BText%2BNews
      Comments 11 Comments
      1. pyrobatt's Avatar
        pyrobatt -
        Saw this coming haha
      1. rhino67jg's Avatar
        rhino67jg -
        One of the best supplements to come out! I've been using it from it's release, and I plan on continuing to use this awesome product.
      1. LMuscle's Avatar
        LMuscle -
        Craze doesn't do anything for me anymore.
      1. rhino67jg's Avatar
        rhino67jg -
        I only use it twice a week, on my longer & heavier workouts. This way I'm not over using it & still feel it's effects.
      1. mtinsideout's Avatar
        mtinsideout -
        Never heard of "dendrobium" before. Is this stuff really anything like DMAA?
      1. Montego1's Avatar
        Montego1 -
        The formula was changed. If the first ingrediant on the label is Trimethylglycine then its the original formual. If the first ingrediant is Creatine Monohydrate then its the new formula and NO its not as strong.
      1. drewsicle3210's Avatar
        drewsicle3210 -
        sounds like a great pwo
      1. PalmFist's Avatar
        PalmFist -
        Originally Posted by drewsicle3210 View Post
        sounds like a great pwo
        It really is. One of the best. Sad to say but as soon as this came out my spidey senses were telling me to keep an eye out for investigations to come...
      1. drewsicle3210's Avatar
        drewsicle3210 -
        Originally Posted by PalmFist View Post
        It really is. One of the best. Sad to say but as soon as this came out my spidey senses were telling me to keep an eye out for investigations to come...

        Sweet, in my nutraplanet shopping cart now
      1. JRam's Avatar
        JRam -
        This is a nice result for DS given the extortion-like tactics it was exposed to. Technically the case was discontinued by the plaintiff and his attorneys, rather than "dismissed" by the court, once the lab report showing that plaintiff's allegations were baseless came to light. In my mind this raises the question of whether plaintiff and his attorneys ever had any good faith basis to bring this case in the first place. Didn't they have positive lab tests in hand before they started harassing DS? Supplement companies really take a beating these days. And of course who do you think the costs of this sort of thing is going to be passed onto?
      1. VolcomX311's Avatar
        VolcomX311 -
        Congrats to DS
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