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.
OxyElite Pro Lawsuit Update 4/16/14: Earlier this month, a panel of federal judges denied a motion by the makers of OxyElite Pro and Jack3d to transfer and consolidate a number of products liability lawsuits to federal court in Philadelphia. The litigation contends that the supplements contained altered ingredients that were unsafe and unapproved by the FDA, leading to a nationwide hepatitis outbreak. 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.
GNC Agrees to $2Million OxyElite Settlement
On September 23, 2014, GNC and USPLab agreed to a $2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit against them for injuries allegedly sustained by OxyELITE Pro and Jack3d. Plaintiffs alleged the companies:
- Violated the Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act
- Violated the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act
- Breached its express warranty and implied warranty
- Made false statements regarding the safety of DMAA supplements, and that OxyELITE Pro and Jack3d do not work
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.