Why is Craze being Pulled from Shelves?
Company’s are unsure whether ingredients in Craze are safe. Founder of Driven Sports, Matt Cahill has a criminal record of distributing risky substances in the market. Driven Sports is doing everything they can to prove Craze is safe but things don’t look good for this product line.
Driven Sports launched in July 2008 and grew fame quickly after the release of its flagship pre workout Craze in late 2011. Most users strive for it’s intense focus and long lasting energy. Craze is based off of an ingredient called dendrobium extract.
Labs Test Positive for Amphedimines
A Harvard Medical School study performed by Pieter A. Cohen of the Cambridge Health Alliance revieled the presence of N-alpha-methylphenethylamine in 3 different samples of the pre workout Driven Sports Craze. Each sample had different lot numbers.
- Sample 1 was purchased at The Natural Health Shoppe, an online supplement store. There were strong signs of the presence of N-alpha-methylphenethylamine.
- Sample 2 was purchased at GNC in the US and contained 4 mg/g or 21 mg per severing of N-alpha-methylphenethylamine.
- Sample 3 was purchased at a European based online store BodyStore.nl. This sample contained 6 mg/g or 35 mg per severing of N-alpha-methylphenethylamine.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) included Craze under it’s ”USADA Dietary Supplement High Risk List“. They also include Gaspari Nutrition Detonate that shares similar ingredients with Craze (Dendrobium extract and B-Phenethylamine).
- Lot 1202487 Contains amphetamine; N-methylphenethylamine, beta-methylphenethylamine, ethylamphetamine
Craze servings were estimated to provide 21 to 35 mg of N-alpha-methylphenethylamine. N-alpha-methylphenethylamine has not been tested on humans and may have adverse unknown side-effects.
The Sweden Drug Analysis Unit at SKL found that phenethylamine has a chemically similar structure to amphetamines. On Craze’s supplement facts they list N,N-diethyl-
World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) Drug Test Failure
These athletes claim they failed a drug test due to use of Driven Sports Craze. They argued that Craze mislabeled there product and failed to include this methamphadamine like chemical.
Driven Sports Defense Response
Driven Sports tested their pre workout craze in DEA registered labs located in Michigan and Sweden. Craze sales were suspended on Oct. 15th 2013 in order to investigate issues brought about by the media.
In response to those who claim methylphenethylamine isn’t a natural analog of dendrobium, Driven Sports claim that there is an “absence of a careful analysis of dendrobium”. They allude to a lack of understanding and knowledge by those who make such statements about this ingredient.
Through rigorous testing they were able to find N-beta-methylphenethylamine but no N-alpha-methylphenethylamine. Driven Sports claims that these compounds are very similar in structure and unless tested for specifically the n-beta form can be easily mistaken for the n-alpha. They propose that previous tests did not take into account for the presence of n-beta so they came up with a “mistaken conclusion that any given sample contains n-alpha”.
“Driven Sports contracted Avomeen Analytical Services an FDA-registered, DEA-licensed, cGMP-complaint independent testing laboratory that specializes in custom chemical testing and material analysis to have a certified analytical reference standard created at great expense…Driven Sports is the only party to have tested Craze against a certified analytical reference standard for the compound in question.”
Certificates of Analysis by Driven Sports
Background of the creator of Craze Matt Cahill
Matt Cahill dropped out of Nassau Community College pursuing a degree in exercise physiology. He has a history of releasing risky supplements into the market place without background knowledge in chemistry or pharmaceuticals.
Designerlabs.com: DNP Diet Pills
DNP (2,4-Dinitrophenol) gained popularity with claims of increasing metabolic rate by 50% and weight loss claims of 10-12 pounds in about a week. This chemical was proven too toxic for humans after causing numerous cases of blindness and death in diet pills. The FDA banned use of DNP for dietary consumption in 1938.
Matt Cahill partnered up with a friend to start a business selling weight loss pills online. He sold DNP diet pills, ecstasy, and steroids. The company showed up on the radar after a vial of liquid steroids broke in the mail containing hypodermic needles.
In order to obtain the DNP Cahill masked his name and claimed he needed DNP as an insecticide for a landscaping company. He encapsulated the deadly chemical with baking soda to formulate this diet pill.
On September 2002, teenager Leta Hole took a a dozen DNP diet pills to commit suicide. She was rushed to the hospital after regretting the decision. The high concentration of DNP burned up her insides and killed her.
Cahill and his partner were not charged with Leta’s death but charged with CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MAIL FRAUD and INTRODUCTION OF A MISBRANDED DRUG INTO INTERSTATE COMMERCE. Cahill’s diet pills did not contain any directions on use or warnings prohibiting use cases.
Designer Supplements: Superdrol
As litigation for his previous offense panned out, Cahill launched a company called Designer Supplements in 2003. In 2004, he introduced a designer steroid called Superdrol containing methasteron. Cahill found this chemical in a chemistry book listed along with other steroids. This chemical had not been tested on humans before Cahill got his hands on it. Before distribution he tested it on himself and friends.
Two batches of Superdrol were released in late 2004 and early 2005. Both times Superdrol sold out in 15 minutes. In April 2005, Cahill sold the Superdrol formula to Anabolic Resources before facing his sentence for his DNP conviction.
In March 2006, the FDA sent a warning letter to Anabolic Resources about the synthetic steroid methasteron in Superdrol. “These products claim to be anabolic and problems associated with anabolic steroids include: liver toxicity, testicular atrophy and male infertility, masculinization of women, breast enlargement in males, and short stature in children.”
The product cannot be a dietary supplement because the active ingredient used in the product, methasteron, is not a vitamin, mineral, amino acid, herb or other botanical, or dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake, nor is it a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, extract, or combination of any dietary ingredient described above. Rather, it is a synthetic steroid.
Numerous complaints of liver problems were brought about. Anabolic Resources was charged with selling unapproved drugs through Superdrol distribution. They were forced to pay fines, settlements, and discontinue any products containing methasteron. In 2008, Cahill closed Designer Supplements and started a new company called Diven Sports. Founder Matt Cahill gave himself the title of VP of Operations as his wife was given the role of CEO.
Driven Sports Craze Timeline
- (Nov. 2011) Driven Sports Craze entered the market
- (July 25th 2013) Pulled From Walmart
- (Aug. 2nd 2013) Pulled form Bodybuilding
- (Oct. 14th 2013) Pulled from ebay: Craze prices shot up to $200+
- (Oct. 14th 2013) Pulled form Amazon: Craze prices shot up to $200+
- (Oct. 15th 2013) Pulled from GNC
- (Oct. 15th 2013) Driven Sports halted production and sales
Bodybuilding named Craze its 2012 New Supplement of the Year. They have since removed it’s nominee from competition in 2013.