October 9, 2013 — USPLabs is defending the safety of OxyElite Pro, a dietary supplement that has been linked to 29 cases of acute hepatitis, including two liver transplants and one death in Hawaii. The FDA is currently investigating whether liver injuries in other parts of the U.S. are related to the outbreak.
The Texas-based dietary supplement company is no stranger to criticism about the safety of OxyElite Pro. For years, they sold the product with DMAA, a synthetic stimulant drug that was illegal, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
OxyElite Pro was re-formulated in early 2013. In May, health officials in Hawaii began noticing an increase in liver injuries linked to the supplement. By September, OxyElite Pro was linked to 24 out of 29 cases of acute, non-viral hepatitis (liver inflammation).
In a statement, UPSLabs defended OxyElite Pro and said that outbreak is a “complete mystery.”
“The company stands by the safety of all of its products. The company is cooperating with FDA on reports coming out of Hawaii. The cluster of liver issues in Hawaii is a complete mystery and nothing like this has ever been associated with OxyELITE Pro in all of the years our products have been in the market. We know of no credible evidence linking OxyELITE Pro to liver issues. The ingredients have been studied for safety, are consumed in the food supply and widely used in dietary supplements. The studies and consumption history show no negative liver issues. Due to multiple products within the OxyELITE Pro brand, it may be confusing as to which products are being looked at. The specific products are the original OxyELITE Pro with DMAA, OxyELITE Pro with the “Purple Top” and OxyELITE Pro Super Thermo Powder. The original version with DMAA has not been manufactured or distributed since early 2013. Out of an abundance of caution, the company has ceased domestic distribution of OxyElite Pro with the Purple Top and OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder until the investigation has been completed. The company continues to believe these versions are safe and are not the cause of the cluster of liver toxicity that has occurred in Hawaii.”
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