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Nutritional Supplements have always been a hit or miss proposition.  Whether you achieve the promised effects of the products aside, they can do harm to you.  Many supplement manufacturers are less than honest about what’s in the products they market, with the ingredients label being only a shadow of the actual contents of the product inside the bottle.  It’s a huge marketplace, estimated to be about $60 billion within 3 years, that is largely unregulated.

What are SARM’s?

Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARM’s) are products which promise a lot but may deliver something completely different.  Known as a legal alternative to steroids, SARMS are sold with a number of promises including enhanced energy levels, increased athletic performance, reduced anxiety, treatment of inflammation, increased muscle size and definition, and improvements in sexual performance.  Who wouldn’t want such a product?…and the product flies off the shelves at $50 to $80 per bottle at supplement stores and through online vendors.  However, there is no magic in a bottle, and you may be getting more than you bargained for.

Studies confirm: Buyer Beware

An October 2018 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that many supplements contain ingredients not listed on the bottle including pharmaceutical ingredients, such as sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra), sibutramine for weight loss, and synthetic steroids or steroid-like substances for muscle building.  It may be fine to take such ingredients, if you knew they were there, but the study found that in many cases, there was no disclosure of these substances on the label.  This increases the potential danger of interaction with prescription drugs that a user of SARM’s may be taking.  Since the product is not a prescription drug, many users may be tempted to overuse them, which increases the risks.

A 2017 study also found in JAMA, found that many products sold as SARM’s actually didn’t contain them.  Out of the 44 products included in the study, only half included SARM’s in the product, and over a third contained an unapproved drug.  25% contained ingredients not on the label, and 10% contained no active ingredient at all.

Are SARM’s sold in Las Vegas?

As reported by Darcy Spears of Channel 13 in a hidden camera investigation, SARM’s sold at a local Las Vegas supplement outlet, were actually labeled, “Not For Human Consumption” and yet, they were still for sale for humans.  After the investigation aired, however, that company made changes to their policies and they may be harder to find now.  Certainly, you may find something sold as a SARM product in Las Vegas, however, based on the above, whether that’s what you will get is still an open question.

The Richard Harris Law Firm represents those injured by Dangerous Products

Our firm has designated lawyers whose primary responsibility is representing clients who have been injured by dangerous products.  If you have taken an unregulated supplements or other dangerous products and were injured by their use, you may have a cause of action against the manufacturer of the products.  Call our office today to discuss your potential case at (702) 444-4444.

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