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

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.

[Related Story: Ravena says pre-workout drink cause of failed doping test]

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

[Related Story: Ravena gets long FIBA ban after WADA-prohibited substances found in urine sample]

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

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