USPlabs’ popular pre-workout dietary supplement OxyElite Pro (OEP) is currently being investigated by the Army after two U.S. soldiers died from heart attacks during routine physical exercises. The active ingredient in OEP, dimethylamylamine (DMAA), was recently banned by numerous sports organizations because it was found to be an extremely toxic additive. Serious side effects currently linked to OxyElite Pro include heart attacks, heat strokes, seizures, liver failure, loss of consciousness and death.
DMAA Update 5/8/12: Ten days after the FDA sent letters to a number of dietary supplement manufacturers requesting safety information on their DMAA-containing products, Harvard researcher Dr. Pieter Cohen is calling for an outright nationwide ban on the controversial ingredient. “The main message about DMAA is that it should be avoided,” says Cohen, who is an internist at Cambridge Health Alliance and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “This ingredient should never have been in supplements in first place.” Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 5/7/12: As DMAA’s future regulatory status appears bleak, dietary supplement manufacturers are scrambling to come up with effective alternatives. But the question remains, will DMAA’s replacement be safe to use as directed, or something just as controversial? Click here to learn more.
DMAA Lawsuit Update 5/4/12: Four DMAA supplement manufacturers who received warning letters from the FDA late last month have been slapped with class action lawsuits alleging their products are ‘illegal and dangerous.’ The litigation process will be watched closely, as the cases center around a hotly-debated point of contention regarding new dietary ingredients (NDIs): that synthetic versions of botanical derivatives are not classified as dietary ingredients, and are therefore not permitted for use in supplement products. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 3/9/12: DMAA is to be banned in New Zealand after numerous reports of serious side effects and at least one stroke. It is the first substance other than a synthetic cannabinoid to be banned in New Zealand using the Temporary Class Drug Notices, and is scheduled to be completely off the country’s store shelves by early next month. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 3/7/12: Drugmakers and retailers that deal in dietary supplements containing DMAA are coming under increased scrutiny as questions of source and safety mount. The central issue currently causing the most debate about DMAA is the question of whether the stimulant is – as many supplement companies content – derived from the geranium plant, or whether it is a synthetically manufactured compound. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 3/6/12: Dietary supplements containing DMAA are being stripped from retail shelves and online catalogues in the UK as part of a crackdown on supplement makers by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). To date, the agency has ordered several companies to stop selling DMAA-containing pre-workout supplements like Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, and Hemo Rage Black. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 3/5/12: A new study has concluded that geranium oils do not contain the stimulant dimethylamylamine (DMAA), an ingredient in a number of best-selling dietary supplements. The new research once again questions an antiquated study often cited by pre-workout and weight loss supplement companies who market DMAA-containing products. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 3/2/12: U.S. Army soldiers will be test subjects in the first government-funded study into the side effects of DMAA. The research will be aimed at determining whether there is a link between the substance and reports of dangerous health conditions. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Lawsuit Update 2/28/12: DMAA has been illegally and unsafely sold in a variety of best-selling sports supplements, according to a class action lawsuit filed this month in Los Angeles federal court. The court filings accuse DMAA of being “illegal and dangerous,” and state that “experts in the industry have become concerned that this potent stimulant drug will lead to serious health issues and even death.” Click here to learn more.
Free OxyElite Pro Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by OxyElite Pro, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against USPlabs and we can help.
What’s the problem with OxyElite Pro?
For better or worse, being thin and fit has long been an obsession in American culture. For most people, though, losing weight is an excruciatingly slow and difficult process. At times it can seem practically impossible to drop that pesky extra 10, 20, or 30 pounds you’ve been trying to get rid of. These common difficulties people face when trying to lose weight have spawned the evolution of a truly massive dietary supplement industry. Unfortunately, some companies who manufacture and market such products make claims that are unfounded or even completely fabricated.
Enter USPlabs’ OxyElite Pro, one of the most popular weight loss supplements currently on the market. According to the manufacturer, OEP increases the user’s metabolic function, enabling you to burn calories even while you are at rest. Additionally, USPlabs claims that OxyElite Pro is designed to suppress your appetite, increase your energy, and even improve your mood.
Can all these fabulous claims be true, and what about the risk of side effects associated with OxyElite Pro? According to the package label, OxyElite Pro contains the following ingredients:
- 100mg caffeine per capsule
- Bauhinia Purpurea L.
- Bacopa Monniera (Leaf)
- Cirsium Oligophyllum
- 1,3-Dimethylamylamine (DMAA)
DMAA is the main active ingredient contained in OxyElite Pro, and is designed to give the user increased workout intensity, focus, and other desired effects associated with elevated adrenaline levels. However, DMAA has recently come under scrutiny by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) due to its potential for serious side effects and life-threatening complications.
First synthesized and patented by Eli Lilly in 1944, the pharmaceutical giant went on to trademark the compound as a nasal decongestant known as Forthane in 1971.
According to one Chinese study published in the Journal of Guizhou Institute of Technology (1996, Vol. 25, pp. 82-85), DMAA is derived from geranium oil, but no other research to date has been able to detect its presence. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) enacted a trade requirement that went into effect in January 2012 which bars its members from labeling DMAA as a geranium-based constituent.
Due to the fact that DMAA is currently classified as a food additive, it does not require approval by the FDA to be sold on the U.S. market. However, a number of highly-respected sports organizations such as Major League Baseball and the World Anti-Doping Authority have reclassified DMAA as a banned stimulant.
OxyElite Pro Side Effects
The most serious side effects reported in OxyElite Pro users include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart attack
- Liver damage or liver failure
- Kidney damage or kidney failure
- Psychiatric side effects
- Elevated blood pressure
- Sudden cardiac death
Other, less severe side effects commonly associated with OxyElite Pro include:
- Skin reactions
- Profuse perspiration
- Itchy scalp and skin
Deaths Linked to OxyElite Pro
In February 2012, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) banned sales on dietary supplements containing DMAA in military facilities following the sudden deaths of two soldiers. In the summer of 2011, a 22-year-old soldier collapsed and died while running at a Southwestern US military base. No more than three months later, a 32-year-old soldier collapsed while exercising and subsequently died after a month of intensive care in the hospital. Both soldiers were later found to have DMAA in their systems at the time of their deaths.
In response to these tragic events, the surgeons general of the military services have been ordered to conduct a thorough investigation regarding the safety and efficacy of DMAA. The DoD’s ban on the substance will remain in effect pending the results of the investigation. Yet despite the military moratorium on DMA-containing dietary supplements, products like OxyElite Pro and Jack3d remain on the shelves of nationwide retailers like GNC and The Vitamin Shoppe.
Do You Have an OxyElite Pro Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in OxyElite Pro lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new OxyElite Pro injury cases in all 50 states.
Free OxyElite Pro Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by OxyElite Pro, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an OxyElite Pro injury suit and we can help.