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Health Canada Issues Warning About OxyElite Pro's Links to Liver Injuries, One Death

Nov 18, 2013

Health officials in Canada have warned residents there that dietary supplements labeled as OxyElite Pro have been linked to dozens of cases of severe liver injury, including one death, in the U.S.

Health Canada issued the warning on the heels of a similar announcement from domestic regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which last week pressed for the recall of some OxyElite Pro products by their manufacturer, USPLabs LLC, of Dallas. Regulators had determined that OxyElite Pro was an adulterated product and was causing people to suffer severe reactions focused on their liver. If the company did not issue a recall on the affected products, the FDA said in a release last week that it would take action to remove the products from the market.

“We took this step to ensure that adulterated and harmful products do not reach the American public,” said Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael R. Taylor.

OxyElite Pro dietary supplements were promoted to consumers as a rapid weight-loss product. While dietary supplements like these are widely available in the U.S., and are available at some well-known retail locations, they are not sold in Canada and are not known to be on the Canadian market, according to Health Canada’s warning. Consumers there, like in the U.S., can obtain these products online, however.

The FDA warning recently noted that dozens of cases of severe liver injury appear to be linked to the use of OxyElte Pro products. At least one of these cases required a liver transplant and one person has died allegedly from using this particularly dangerous dietary supplement.

The following OxyElite Pro products were removed from the market recently by USPLabs LLC:

  • OxyElite Pro Super Thermo capsules
  • OxyElite Pro Ultra-Intense Thermo capsules
  • OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder

Recalled capsules were sold in sizes ranging from just a few pills to up to 180-count packages. OxyElite Pro powders were available in several fruit flavors.

Health Canada, like the FDA, is warning the public not to consume any of these recalled products to avoid any potential adverse liver reactions, including the risk of death that exists with these particular dietary supplements.

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