Health Canada weighs in on Methylhexaneamine (MHA)Posted by Anthony Roberts in Nutritional Companies & Supplements | 0 comments
Jun 19, 2011
At the moment, there seems to be some confusion regarding the sale of methylhexaneamine (MHA) in Canada. I’ve seen this topic being discussed on numerous Canadian message boards for the past few months, so I took it upon myself to investigate the issue, which took about 30 seconds from start to finish. I don’t know why there’s been so much long-term speculation on this issue when an email would have settled the whole thing. Just to be clear, Methylhexaneamine is not considered a natural health product in Canada – and those north of the border wishing to learn more about the compound, ought to check out Muscle Insider (available fromSupplementSource.ca), where we’ve covered this stuff in literally every issue so far, including a feature article in the latest issue, featuring interviews on MHA with Jack Owak of VPX, Patrick Arnold, Bruce Kneller of Gaspari Nutrition, and Jacob Geissler of USP Labs – heavyweights of the supplement world all weighing in on the same ingredient – don’t miss it.
Anyway, here’s the two step procedure I followed to determine if MHA is legal to sell in Canada:
Step 1. I emailed Health Canada:
To Whom it may concern-
I was wondering if methylhexaneamine (aka 1,3 dimethylamylamine) is officially recognized as a drug in Canada, if it may be sold without prescription in a nutritional supplement, or if it has been given a Drug Identification Number?
Step 2. I waited for a reply. The replies, (a compilation of which are posted below) seem to indicate that the MHA is not considered a natural health product, nor is it approved as a drug:
According to the Natural Health Products Ingredients Database, methylhexaneamineis not considered a natural health product. This database can be found at http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdi...eq.do?lang=eng .
Thank you for your inquiry. According to our Drug Product Database, there are no drugs approved for sale in Canada with the active ingredient Methylhexaneamine (1,3 dimethylamylamine), You may check with the Natural Health Product Directorate if there are products with this active ingredient approved as a natural health product.
Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD):
E-mail: [email protected]
The Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD) of Health Canada is the national regulatory body that approves drugs and medical devices for use in Canada. Drugs are authorized for sale in Canada once they have successfully gone through the drug review process. We do not force a sponsor to market a drug. The decision to seek marketing authorization or to market an authorized product, rests solely with the manufacturer.
Submission and Information Policy Division/ Division des politiques sur les présentations et renseignements
Therapeutic Products Directorate/Direction des produits thérapeutiques
Health Products and Food Branch/ Direction générale des produits de santé et des aliments
Health Canada/ Santé Canada