October 14, 2013 — OxyElite Pro has been banned in the military — yet again — according to a report by Cpl. Scott Reel on the official website of the U.S. Marine Corps.
On-base sales of OxyElite Pro were initially banned at Camp Pendleton on October 8, the same day the FDA issued a warning letter about the product.
The action “sparked a chain reaction that quickly occurred across the military.” By October 10, the product was pulled from all Marine Corps Exchange shelves and GNC in military installations.
According to the report:
“The MCCS [Marine Corps Community Services] exchanges on Camp Pendleton got the instruction, Oct. 8, to pull the product.” said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Wilkes, preventative medicine officer of I Marine Expeditionary Force. “On Oct. 9, I verified that this product was not on the shelf of the Del Mar area exchange, the commissary, or the country store.”
The FDA has warned that re-formulated OxyElite Pro contains aegeline, an illegal ingredient in dietary supplements. They have linked dozens of cases of acute, non-viral hepatitis (liver inflammation) in Hawaii to the supplements.
This is the second time the military has led the way in removing a potentially dangerous dietary supplement. In 2011, the Department of Defense (DOD) banned OxyElite Pro and Jack3D after it was linked to the deaths of two soldiers. Although an investigation cleared OxyElite Pro in the deaths, military investigators found that the products could have life-threatening side effects. More than a year after the military banned OxyElite Pro, the FDA forcibly seized $8 million worth of the products from USPLabs.
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