On October 8, 2013, the Hawaii DOH issued a request that the controversial pre-workout dietary supplement OxyElite Pro be voluntarily removed from store shelves statewide. The request came after at least 29 cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure – including one death – had been linked to the supplement on the islands. The DOH is now implementing an embargo on OxyElite Pro, temporarily deeming sales of the product illegal in Hawaii.
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.
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What’s the Problem?
October 11, 2013 – When the Hawaii DOH imposed a statewide ban on OxyElite Pro this past Tuesday, it was greeted with near universal acceptance from stores across the state. Just one distributor, GNC, refused to pull the supplement off their shelves.
“GNC uniformly informed us they were not going to remove it,” said Hawaii Deputy Director of Environmental Health Gary Gill. While all other retailers unanimously agreed to remove OxyElite Pro, every local GNC manager visited by the DOH said they had no plans to stop selling it.
According to an FDA press release, at least 29 cases of acute non-viral hepatitis have been reported in Hawaii. Eleven of these patients required emergency hospitalization, two received liver transplants, and a 48-year-old mother of seven died as a result of her injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking at other cases of liver injury around the country that may be attributed to OxyElite Pro.
Bowing to pressure, on Wednesday GNC agreed to pull OxyElite Pro off shelves of their Hawaii stores, a claim that has been confirmed by the DOH. A statewide embargo has been placed on OxyElite Pro, temporarily deeming sale of the product illegal on the Hawaiian Islands. DOH inspectors will visit every distributor throughout the state to take inventory and issue notice that OxyElite Pro is not to be sold or moved.
Should the investigation reveal that OxyElite Pro is indeed a serious health risk, the DOH will seize and destroy all remaining stocks of the product. A fitness trainer who took OxyElite Pro for years told Hawaii News Now that she believed she had purchased a counterfeit batch, citing differences in packaging, taste and effects.
USPLabs, the company that makes OxyElite Pro, said it would voluntarily cease the nationwide manufacture and distribution of the product until the investigation into the problem can be concluded. But this does not mean that OxyElite Pro will be pulled off retailers’ shelves around the country. Once retailers purchase OxyElite Pro from USPLabs, it is up to them whether or not to remove it. OxyELITE Pro is not currently available on the GNC website, nor can it be found on the VitaminShoppe or Bodybuilding.com website. The USPLabs site lists OxyElite Pro as “out of stock.”
Do I have an OxyElite Pro Lawsuit?
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Free OxyElite Pro Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has developed liver damage, liver failure, or hepatitis after taking OxyElite Pro, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an OxyElite Pro suit and we can help.