October 8, 2013 — Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is warning residents of the state to stop using OxyElite Pro, a popular dietary supplement, and they have also asked retailers to “voluntarily remove” the product from store shelves. The Texas-based manufacturer, USPLabs, has agreed to stop selling OxyElite Pro until further notice, but they have not issued a formal recall.
The Hawaiian DOH reports that OxyElite Pro has been linked to 24 out of 29 cases of non-viral hepatitis (liver inflammation) between May and October 2013. Health director Loretta Fuddy warned:
“The department continues to urge people who use dietary or nutritional supplements for weight loss and/or muscle gain to talk with their doctor or health care provider. … Anyone who develops symptoms such as abdominal pain or discomfort, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and /or vomiting, and yellow skin or eyes, should consult their doctor immediately.”
USPLabs Defends Safety of OxyElite Pro
USPLabs continues to stand by the safety of OxyElite Pro, calling the cluster of liver injuries in Hawaii a “complete mystery.” Even so, they have stopped manufacturing and distributing OxyElite Pro with the Purple Top and OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder until the FDA completes the investigation.
USPLabs issued the following statement:
“Nothing like this has ever been associated with OxyElite Pro in all of the years our products have been in the market. We know of no credible evidence linking OxyElite Pro to liver issues. … The original version with DMAA has not been manufactured or distributed since early 2013.”
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