OxyElite Pro Under Investigation For Acute Hepatitis Outbreak
Acute hepatitis and liver failure of 29 persons in Hawaii is said to be linked to the usage of OxyElite Pro products, a company that supplies weight loss and muscle building supplements.
In conjunction with the Hawaii Department of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has started an investigation to determine whether incidents are being reported state wise outside of Hawaii.
"OxyElite Pro is distributed by USPlabs LLC of Dallas, Texas, and is sold nation-wide through a wide range of distribution channels, including the internet and retail stores that sell dietary supplements," states the FDA.
The date for the first reported illness onset ranged from May 10 through October 3, 2013.
According to CDC's Health Advisory, "Of the 29 identified patients, 24 (83%) reported using OxyELITE Pro during the 60 days prior to illness onset. There was no other dietary supplement or medication use reported in common by more than two patients."
The reported symptoms of hepatitis in the patients were loss of appetite, light-colored stools, dark urine, and jaundice said CDC.
"The department continues to urge people who use dietary or nutritional supplements for weight
loss and/or muscle gain to talk with their doctor or health care provider," said the DOH in a news release. "Anyone who develops symptoms such as abdominal pain or discomfort, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and /or vomiting, and yellow skin or eyes, should consult their doctor immediately.