Is Piracetam Banned by the FDA?

UPDATE: We now know that Piracetam has NOT been banned, as there are manufacturers still selling it. However, the FDA is giving a LOT of grief to anyone who wishes to make or import it, and we fear its eventual banning.

I have personally already bought a nice stockpile for myself as I believe it is being positioned to become a prescription drug just like it is in Europe. You may want to consider doing the same.

Earlier, we received the unfortunate word that Piracetam had been banned by the FDA. Piracetam is a nootropic (brain enhancer or “smart drug”) that increases cognitive function and relieves attention deficit disorder in healthy, unhealthy, and elderly patients.

Piracetam is NOT Currently Banned in the US (Feb 2013)

As of last update (Feb 14, 2013), it is not banned in the US, most reputable manufacturers have ceased making it.

The old CEO at PrimaForce e-mailed us with this information:

Dear Sir,

You are correct. We are not making this any longer.

Thank you, President of Scivation, Primaforce and PGN

Additionally, the FDA wrote this letter to another store on August 30th, 2010, stating that Piracetam is no longer considered a “dietary supplement” and cannot be sold as such.

If you like Piracetam, we highly recommend you buy it now, as it will no longer be manufactured by PrimaForce or SNS and may be pulled off the shelves soon.

Where Things Stand Right Now

I’m not a lawyer, but it seems that the FDA will basically raid any manufacturer of piracetam who claims it to be a “supplement”, “dietary supplement”, “food supplement”, or other similar term. In their eyes, It is not a supplement – it is a “drug“.

So you will likely find a product that has the name on the label, but claims nothing about it being a supplement, drug, or any effects. That said, it seems that the companies producing/importing it are still under lots of fire from the FDA, which makes me keep a large personal stash of it.

Were I to start manufacturing products in the US (or importing them), this is not one that I’d mess with for those reasons.

Editor’s Note: The following was written on our old blog in 2010. There was concern that it would get fully banned (and to an extent, there is still that concern). But 2.5 years later, you can still find it, so we’re not so upset.

Rant Time – Put your Tin Foil Hats on

Moreover, this smells of conspiracy. Several large, involved studies showed that piracetam is extremely safe, and a great deal of other Piracetam studies show that it WORKS.

So why would Piracetam be banned and pulled from the shelves be banned? Well, in Europe, Piracetam is sold as a prescription drug named Nootropil. You can guess exactly what’s going to happen here – it gets banned and turned into a patented prescription drug that can only be bought by one supplier.

Your American tax dollars hard at work for you – more laws, more paper-pushing bureaucrats, less competition, higher prices, and harder availability for a perfectly safe product that makes your brean work “smarter.”

About the Author: Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto is a research scientist and water sports athlete who founded PricePlow. He is a biohacker with extensive experience in supplementation and dietary modification, whose personal expertise stems from several "n=1" experiments done on himself.

Mike's goal is to bridge the gap between nutritional research scientists and non-academics who seek to better their health in a system that has catastrophically failed the public.

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