January 16, 2015 — USPLabs, LLC, the Dallas-based manufacturer of OxyElite Pro and responsible for a deadly outbreak of liver damage, is now facing a federal criminal investigation.
The Dallas Morning News reports:
“The Food and Drug Administration’s criminal division is conducting a mail fraud investigation of USPlabs over misleading statements about its sports supplements.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Texas did not confirm that any charges had been filed yet. After past outbreaks of foodborne illness, it has taken years for the government to initiate criminal prosecutions.
The FDA has already destroyed about $8 million worth of OxyElite Pro and seized about $1 million from a bank account. Court documents indicate that OxyElite Pro generated over $50 million in sales between 2012 and 2013.
The founder and CEO of USPLabs, Jacob Geisser, has already been sued on behalf of a woman who died after taking OxyElite Pro. Geissler founded USPLabs in 2006, while he was already on probation for possession of thousands of pills containing anabolic steroids. After serving half of a 10-year sentence, the judge dropped felony charges.
USPLabs received its first citation from the FDA in 2010 for non-compliance with manufacturing laws. Two years later, the FDA issued a warning letter about methylhexanamine (DMAA), an illegal synthetic stimulant in OxyElite Pro that was linked to a 21 year-old’s death from cardiac arrest.
USPLabs fought with the FDA for about a year before finally agreeing to remove DMAA from OxyElite Pro. However, they reformulated it with another unapproved ingredient called aegeline.
Almost immediately afterward, OxyElite Pro was linked to an outbreak of liver damage in Hawaii. About 100 people developed acute hepatitis (liver inflammation). Several people were hospitalized and one mother with seven children died from liver failure.
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