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Following Ravena's FIBA ban, FDA calls for review of workout drinks

The Kiefer Ravena ban prompted FDA to step up. Dennis Acosta (file photo)

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Due to the FIBA ban slapped on Kiefer Ravena, the FDA called for a review of the workout and energy drinks being sold to the general public.

“I will immediately direct a thorough review of these products to protect the health and fitness conscious public,” Director-General Nela Puno said in a statement on Tuesday while calling it "a perfect opportunity for FDA to reexamine content and labeling of so called workout drinks."

Ravena bared in a press conference on Monday night that he took a pre-workout drink called Dust just before Gilas Pilipinas took on Japan in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Feb. 25.

But following a drug test that took place after the game, it was revealed that Dust, which according to Ravena is similar in content with his usual pre-workout drink C4, contains methylhexaneamine, dimethylbutylamine, and higenamine, which are listed in the substances declared prohibited by WADA.

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The presence of the said substances in Ravena's urine samples led to the one-and-a-half-year ban on him.

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“The FDA will appreciate the help and cooperation of Kiefer Ravena on this,” Puno added.

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