October 14, 2013 — The U.S. Marine Corps is leading the way in banning OxyElite Pro, a potentially dangerous dietary supplement that has been linked to dozens of cases of liver damage in Hawaii. Cpl. Scott Reel reported the ban on the official website of the U.S. Marine Corps.
On October 8, Camp Pendleton banned on-base sales of OxyElite Pro. The action spread to other bases, and by October 10, OxyElite Pro was pulled off shelves on all GNC military installations and the Marine Corps Exchange.
The report states:
“The MCCS [Marine Corps Community Services] exchanges on Camp Pendleton got the instruction, Oct. 8, to pull the product.” said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Wilkes, preventative medicine officer of I Marine Expeditionary Force. “On Oct. 9, I verified that this product was not on the shelf of the Del Mar area exchange, the commissary, or the country store.”
This is the second time the military has proactively banned OxyElite Pro over concerns about safety. The Department of Defense (DOD) previously banned OxyElite Pro and Jack3D in 2011 because they contained DMAA, a synthetic stimulant drug that was linked to two soldiers’ deaths. Military investigators concluded that the deaths were not caused by DMAA, but they did warn that it could have serious side effects.
OxyElite Pro was re-formulated to contain aegeline. Last week, the FDA warned the aegeline is not approved for use in dietary supplements. They also presented stark evidence linking re-formulated OxyElite Pro to dozens of cases of liver damage in Hawaii.
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