Fat-Burning Supplement Oxyelite Pro Linked to Liver Failure?
A rash of cases involving liver failure or acute nonviral hepatitis (liver inflammation) recently struck Hawaii, with the only link between cases, to this point, being the use of dietary supplements. Twenty-nine cases have been reported, and 24 of those involved OxyElite Pro—a weight-loss and muscle-building dietary supplement manufactured nationwide by Dallas-based company USPLabs.
Health officials are advising people to discontinue use of this product until an investigation can be completed, and the Hawaii State Department of Health is urging voluntary removal of the product from store shelves. The cases in question occurred between May and October 2013 and have resulted in 11 hospitalizations, 2 liver transplants, and 1 death.
USPLabs states that the outbreak of liver damage is a “complete mystery” and that there is no credible evidence linking OxyElite Pro to liver issues. They are, however, temporarily ceasing domestic production and distribution of OxyElite Pro with the purple top and OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder, pending further investigation.
USPLabs also has informed the FDA that they believe counterfeit versions of their products have been circulating in the United States, a claim that the FDA is looking into with the outbreak of liver-damage cases in Hawaii.
It’s worth noting that dietary supplements do not need to be approved by the FDA before being sold in stores, unlike pharmaceuticals. They may be recalled by the FDA, however.
Why the cluster of cases occurred in one relatively small area of the country when the products are sold nationwide is also a mystery currently. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging all health-care providers and hospitals to be on the lookout for cases of liver damage that overlap dietary-supplement use.
If you or someone you know has experienced liver damage/injury and taken dietary supplements, contact a winning personal injury attorney to protect your rights.