OxyElite Pro Supplement Tied to Number of Liver IllnessesOct 14, 2013
Another person has been diagnosed with liver problems after ingesting the popular diet supplement OxyElite Pro. The weight-loss/muscle-building supplement has been tied to a growing number of injuries and hospitalizations over serious liver illnesses, including liver failure.
According to Hawaii News Now, this newest case involves a 34-year-old man. As with many of the other related cases, he had been healthy and active before suffering liver failure; this happened after he used OxyElite Pro this year. He’d first used it last year and stopped when he lost the desired weight. He started using it again this year, then read about the cases of liver damage, which caused him to stop using it. Still he was found to have liver damage as well, Hawaii News Now noted, adding that OxyElite Pro is made from different ingredients this year versus previous years.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that a number of previously healthy individuals have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis and sudden liver failure over unknown causes and after using a dietary supplement for weight loss or muscle building. Also, in a recent report, state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said that all of the cases involve young to middle-aged adults who felt suddenly ill and required hospitalization for liver failure and that they “have nothing in common among them except for the fact that they all took a dietary supplement, a nutritional supplement for the purpose of weight loss or muscle-building,” she told KHON.com.
The CDC indicated that the investigation continues and that data are preliminary. To date, clinicians have reported 45 cases of related liver illnesses to the Hawaii DOH following a public health alert; 29 patients, including the original seven, have received a confirmed diagnosis of acute hepatitis after consuming a nutritional supplement for weight loss or muscle building, according to the CDC. The average patient is 33 years of age and many are male. The most commonly reported symptoms have included loss of appetite, light-colored stools, dark urine, and jaundice. Eleven patients have required hospitalization and the average length of hospitalization has been seven days; two people remain hospitalized.
The CDC issued a number of recommendations, including that, as part of a thorough examination, clinicians evaluating cases of acute hepatitis should ask patients about their use of dietary supplements. Other hepatitis symptoms, regardless of type, are similar and can also include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, joint pain, and yellow eyes.
Other patients have been identified outside of Hawaii; they were reported to have used OxyElite Pro or other weight loss or muscle building dietary supplements prior to developing acute hepatitis of unknown cause. CDC, in collaboration with state health departments, is working to understand if the outbreak is national in scope.
In fact, the Hawaii DOH and the CDC are conducting an epidemiological investigation. Also, as part of its related probe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated is reviewing the medical records and histories of patients identified by the Hawaii DOH, product samples collected from some patients, facilities involved in manufacturing the product, and production and product distribution records.
USPlabs LLC, the maker of OxyElite Pro, has informed the FDA that it believes counterfeit versions of its supplement are being marketed in the U.S. and have been for some time. The FDA is investigating whether counterfeit products are tied to any of the acute hepatitis cases.
The FDA advises consumers to stop using any dietary supplement product labeled as OxyElite Pro while the probe continues and recommends that consumers who believe they have been harmed by a dietary supplement contact their health care practitioner.