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SK Labs Stays Open Despite Making Deadly OxyElite Pro

OxyElite Pro LawsuitSeptember 27, 2016 — With dozens of lawsuits filed over the deadly supplement OxyElite Pro, a Dallas judge has ruled that SK Laboratories will stay open despite its role in manufacturing the product.

The Dallas Morning News reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Stickney had no evidence that the company was currently violating the law.

About two weeks ago, the Justice Department asked Judge Stickney to shut down SK Laboratories and revoke the pharmacy license of its 33 year-old vice president, Sitesh Patel.

Patel was also indicted in July 2016 for importing illegal steroids from China and selling them as “dietary supplements.”

The Justice Department called Patel and SK Laboratories “a menace to the health of American consumers” who “put profits over the public’s safety and well-being.”

According to an 11-count criminal indictment filed in November 2015, Patel introduced the illegal stimulant DMAA to USPLabs.

USPLabs arranged to import DMAA from China. The products were encapsulated and bottled into OxyElite Pro and Jack3D at SK Laboratories in Anaheim, California. They supplements generated over $400 million in sales in just a few years.

The FDA cracked down on DMAA in 2013 after it was linked to dozens of serious adverse events, including cardiac arrest and death.

The companies quickly re-formulated OxyElite Pro with another illegal ingredient, aegeline. Within months, 72 people developed liver damage, including 47 who were hospitalized, three who needed liver transplants, and one mother with seven children who died.

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