A popular ingredient in party pills and some weight loss and sports performance supplements has been banned in New Zealand.
Suppliers will have till April 9 to take the substance commonly known as DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine) off their shelves after a Temporary Class Drug Notice was placed on it.
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said DMAA has been linked to increased blood pressure, headaches, vomiting and stroke.
DMAA is the first substance other than a synthetic cannabinoid to be banned using the temporary notices.
“I think this decision demonstrates the wider use of Temporary Class Drug Notices to protect the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders," Dunne told TVNZ.
"It is not just about party pills and synthetic cannabis."
Dunne said Temporary Class Drug Notices are a holding measure until permanent legislation is progressed this year that will see products having to meet suitable levels of safety before they can be sold in New Zealand.