Heath officials investigate hepatitis outbreak in Hawaii linked to OxyElite Pro dietary supplements

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by Jim Orr

Federal health officials are investigating an outbreak in Hawaii of liver injuries linked to the dietary supplement OxyElite Pro. So far, authorities have identified at least 24 cases of non-viral hepatitis linked to the use of OxyElite Pro, including at least one death.

OxyElite Pro is sold and marketed by USPlabs LLC of Dallas, Texas both over the Internet and through retail stores that sell dietary supplements. The company has manufactured several versions of the “fat-burning supplement,” including the original product, OxyElite Pro with DMAA, and two later versions—OxyElite Pro with the “Purple Top” and OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder. USPlabs said that it stopped making the original version of OxyElite Pro in 2013 after the FDA began a crackdown on dietary supplements with DMAA, a stimulant that was linked to an increased risk of heart attacks.

An investigation led by the Food and Drug Administration has identified at least 11 patients in Hawaii who were hospitalized with acute hepatitis after taking OxyElite Pro. In addition to the one death that has been linked to the dietary supplement, at least two additional patients were forced to undergo liver transplants as a result of their illness.

The FDA investigation into the link between OxyElite Pro and hepatitis is being conducted in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Hawaii Department of Health. Officials are analyzing medical records from patients who developed hepatitis symptoms after taking OxyElite Pro, testing product samples, inspecting manufacturing facilities, and reviewing production records in order to determine the cause of the OxyElite Pro hepatitis outbreak.

As part of the investigation, the CDC is examining cases of hepatitis outside of Hawaii to determine if they may be linked to the use of OxyElite Pro. Potential symptoms of hepatitis may include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, grayish or clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, yellow eyes, and jaundice. Patients with these symptoms should consult with their health care provider in order to determine the appropriate course of treatment.

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Patients who used over-the-counter supplements such as OxyElite Pro dietary supplements or other dangerous drugs may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. If you have been hurt after using dietary supplements like OxyElite Pro, the first step in determining whether you may have a case is to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights. The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have based their careers on the notion that when corporations manufacture and sell drugs or other products that cause injuries, illnesses, or deaths, they should be held accountable for their actions in a court of law.

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