A malpractice attorney from Honolulu has filed lawsuits on behalf of 38 people who were injured against USPLabs and GNC.
Earlier this week, USPLabs asked federal judges to centralize the rapidly-growing litigation into a federal court. In the last couple months, they have been hit with 12 new lawsuits involving 40 plaintiffs in four district courts. USPLabs wants the litigation in California, which is centrally located between Hawaii and the mainland.
Hawaiian health officials were the first to notice an unusual cluster of liver damage in patients who reported using OxyElite Pro, a popular weight-loss supplement. State officials banned OxyElite Pro months before federal authorities took action. The manufacturer, USPLabs, pulled it off store shelves in November 2013.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 72 people who used OxyElite Pro developed liver damage between April and October 2013. Three people needed liver transplants, including a 22 year-old man from Kona. A woman from Maui with seven children died from liver failure.
The source of the outbreak was traced to aegeline, a new ingredient that was never reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). USPLabs re-formulated OxyElite Pro with aegeline in 2013 after the FDA ordered the company to remove another dangerous ingredient, DMAA, which was linked to several cardiac arrests and other side effects.
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