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OxyElite Pro Recalled as More Hepatitis Cases Surface

The company that makes OxyElite Pro, the dietary supplement linked to recent severe cases of hepatitis, has finally recalled certain shipments that appear to be associated with one reported death and at least 56 illnesses among customers using the product.

The company, USPLabs, had previously stopped shipments of the weight-loss product, but initiated a recall on Nov. 10 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration threatened using legal action to stop distribution and sales.

Health investigators are still not sure why the supplement seems to have caused illnesses of hepatitis in dozens of people and the death of a 48 year-old woman from Hawaii on Oct. 9, just weeks after she had taken the supplement.

The Hawaii State Department of Health is spearheading an investigation into the issue. It could be caused by an ingredient, a contaminant, or a product production error, said Hawaii State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park. They just don’t know yet.

That majority of known cases have been found in Hawaii, and Park told Food Safety News the state may be a canary in the coal mine in the sense that other states could possibly not be fully aware of the problem.

At least 44 people in Hawaii are believed to be connected to the outbreak. Of those, 36 used OxyElite Pro. According to Park, a handful of others took similar brand-name products, but there’s no other product coming up even close to the same frequency.

Hepatitis is a liver disease, with symptoms that include fatigue, fever, nausea, jaundice and diarrhea.

The Aloha State may be especially sensitive to detecting severe hepatitis outbreaks because only one hospital in the state can handle acute liver failure and transplants. That hospital also happens to be across the street from the state health department, Park said.

When doctors at the hospital suddenly started receiving young and middle-aged adults with liver failure, they knew they had a problem on their hands.

“They looked for infections, cancer, all sorts of other things,” Park said. “They couldn’t find any particular reason for these people to have liver injuries other than the fact that they all took OxyElite Pro as a dietary supplement.”

That evidence was too strong to ignore, Park said.

“This is hit-you-over-the-head hepatitis,” she added.

According to FDA, at least 12 other people in 12 other states have been connected to the outbreak since the end of October.

Hawaii health officials worry there are more hepatitis cases on the mainland that haven’t been connected to the outbreak. Hepatitis is not typically an illness that clinicians report to health departments, especially if they are not aware of a larger problem, Park said.

The Hawaii victims also received products from a variety of means, including from local stores, various online retailers and directly from the manufacturer’s website, suggesting little reason for the problem to disproportionately affect Hawaii.

The products involved in the recall include:

  • OxyElite Pro Super Thermo capsules
    –two count capsules UPC #094922417275
    –10 count capsules UPC #094922417251
    –10 count capsules UPC #094922417268
    –21 count capsules UPC #094922426604
    –90 count capsules UPC #094922395573
    –90 count capsules “Pink label” UPC #094922447906
    –180 count capsules UPC #094922447852
  • OxyElite Pro Ultra-Intense Thermo capsules
    –three count capsules UPC #094922447883
    –three count capsules UPC #094922447876
    –90 count capsules UPC #094922395627
    –180 count capsules UPC #094922447869
  • OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder
    –Fruit Punch 0.15 oz UPC #094922417237
    –Fruit Punch 0.15 oz UPC #094922447517
    –Fruit Punch 4.6 oz UPC #094922426369
    –Fruit Punch 5 oz. UPC #094922447487
    –Blue Raspberry 4.6 oz UPC #094922426376
    –Grape Bubblegum 4.6 oz UPC #094922447500
    –Green Apple 4.6 oz. UPC #094922426499
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  • Neen

    What does taking this pill have to do with hepatitis?

    • Dee

      I took a whole bottle of 90 capsuls, I followed the directions to the T, never took more or less, and I am perfectly fine, even recommended it to a few friends and they are healthy also. Like they say to much of anything is bad for you. So if people overdose on it, take to many to try an hurry up and lose weight instead of cutting calories, fasting, and exercise then these symptoms may happen. So my liver and my friends liver are perfectly healthy, may God bless and heal those who have not been so fortunate, in the name of Jesus.

      • The brainster

        Fasting is probably the dumbest thing you could possibly do to try and lose weight. You need to keep your metabolism going by eating every 2-3 hours. By fasting you are slowing your metabolism down. But that’s probably why you need pills to lose weight because you’re a clueless bitch. Fuck you and your Jesus.

        • teaa

          You need help. May Jesus help you!

      • des

        same here are you still taking it

        • Tiffany

          This is all so weird to me, I new nothing of this my trainer at my health club recommended this product. Goes to show all of us to look into things before you take them and trust no one…..but god of course.

  • Jim

    Causes non viral hepatitis. Hepatitis by definition is an inflation of the liver. Many things can cause it. Drugs ( even Tylenol in high doses ) alcohol etc. viral hepatitis also inflames the liver. But this isn’t viral

  • bella g.

    Good luck with that…

  • Dawn

    How long have u’ve been taking it? I actually just started taking it this morning

    • Steini

      Why on earth wouldn’t you stop knowing this outbreak and how the product has been recalled.. Don’t be one of those who is just going to finish this. Im pretty sure there are other supplements out there for you instead of taking one that can possibly give you Liver failure… don’t you?

    • Kelsey

      I have been taking it for over a year now and no problembs!

      • darcy

        Kelsey, I have been taking the OxyElite Pro for at least 2 years. No problem at all! Then they take it off the market and now I don’t get that “clear mind, happy thing” going on. I think the FDA took it off the market so they can give the DMAA to their Pharmaceutical buddies so that THEY can bottle it up and make us all have to get a prescription for it. It’s all about the big bucks!

      • AJ

        Why the hell do you need to take a fat burner for a year?! Get your diet and exercise program in check! The only way to loose weight is to burn more calories in a day than you consume. This shouldn’t be that hard. High intensity interval training burns a lot of calories throughout the day. Does not take long. I work 9+ hrs a day and do High intensity interval training in the morning and weight training at night. Listen, 98% of all that crap in GNC is exactly that, CRAP! This coming from a personal trainer. I only take BCAA and protien. Thats it, I lost over 50lbs, with hard work and determination. Theres no reason to take a fat burner if you have these two things. If fat burners really worked, you should be able to eat the exact same diet and still loose body fat, yet this doesnt happen does it? hmm wonder why not? calorie burned V calorie consumed, thats it!

  • Cabe

    So just keep taking it then until you get liver damage, Then maybe you can go on a liver transplant list.

    • Maria

      So right Cabe, putting your health at risk like this is just nonsense. Being thin will do you no good if your DEAD!

    • Caleb

      Right on Cabe, maybe Kolby will get a new liver for Christmas. I knew USPlabs was covering their @$$ with that lie on counterfeit OxyElite. 13 states in total not just Hawaii have been affected. When will the FDA and the USDA take the health of US citizens more serious and take action.

  • Shawty Sweet

    could the fact that hawaii is being bombarded by fukushima fallout have anything to do with a higher susceptibility rate to liver damage and that the oxyelite ingredient or combination of ingredients is possibly causing a reaction it might not have otherwise caused? maybe the body might have tolerated the oxyelite without radiation contamination? inflamation is the bodies way of dealing with contamination so white blood cells and other chemicals are sent to the injured area to fight off foreign bodies such as radiation poisoning.

  • Ben

    This dangerous product has been recalled in Australia after causing death and 2 liver transplants. I found this page by googling hepatitis and oxyelite pro after readign a news article on it. I normally wouldnt give a crap cos i dont body build etc but figured I should add a note on this forum in case anyone was thinking of continuing taking this.

  • Emm

    Like with any diet supplement, you’re not supposed to consume alcohol. Obviously high doses of any supplement could create problems – even death. But everyone’s bodies are different so this product will not have the same effect on every single person.

  • Concerned

    My husband took this for 1.5 years and now is in horrible shape. He was diagnosed with the same symptoms, needed 4 blood transfusion and spent a week in the hospital. His liver was permanently damaged due to this supplement and he could die.

  • Donna

    I have been taking OxyElite Pro for a few months. I took 4 weeks off like the directions said after 2 months of use. After reading about the liver problems it can cause I will throw out the rest of the bottle. I am healthy and would like to stay that way. It did work very well though…darn it 😉

  • blake

    I knew they had problems but had never had read an article with more details explaining the types of problems. Ive been using on and off since 2011 with no problems. This last bottle I have will not be finished.

  • sam

    WhT do you do if you had bought product listed in recall?

  • Calionna Moet

    i took oxy for 3 months went down to a fit size 8 since ive heard this im at a size 13 need a boost an considered taking it again despite the recall but all in all we have to be smart work harder to get better results an just being alive is a dangerous thing so eat better try harder its NOT worth taking the risk

  • CK

    What’s the latest status on this product as far as weather they have found it to be the cause of liver damage? I used about two bottles of the stuff and it worked well….I lost about 30 lbs using this stuff and I didn’t have any negative reactions, however it did give me a buzz and gave me cold sweats other than that no other problems that I can figure….The part that sucks is at $50 bucks a bottle I still have a bottle with about only 5 pills used before finding out last summer of all the reports from Hawaii, so I stopped using it…..!!!!!Hey I want my money back USPLABS!!!!!.

  • Coco g

    I have been taking this for a while now. Gives me so much energy . I work out, clean my house and then look for more to do.. I’m so glad I saw this because I have been having crazy abdominal pain and my doctors are baffled. Not saying the two are related but I am def. Going to throw them out after seeing this.. I will also be much more aware of what I’m putting in my body .. :/

  • sharon

    I took them over a year ago, followed the directions exactly… one which says not to take them more than 6 weeks I think (cant remember), anyway, I took them for a month, came off for a month, went back on, etc. Did this for about 4-5 mos…lost 35 lbs… then just maintained my diet without it. Never had a problem. I also took a GNC daily multi vitamin.
    Went to my doctor last month when I got a throat infection. .. he ran my blood work, he told me my blood was better than it was before the diet.

    Most people don’t follow the instructions, and or they stay on the product too long. They also dont want to drink that 96 oz of water (or more)… they dont avoid the Caffeine. … which includes “soda” “coffee” and almost anything from Starbucks. Oh, and did I say… No alcohol while on this drug???!! That includes beer, wine and nyquil.

    When you take a diet pill …. or any pill, … you have to learn to READ labels !! And that includes labels on your groceries. Look up ingredients online for your restaurants that you frequent, and ask what they use in their food. Avoid what the labels tell you to avoid and Don’t mix anything.

    I did and I’m fine, except for a cold.
    my weight is still off. Good luck out there. …

  • Wyanne Seraleigh

    A few loved ones of mines are hospitalized, now have hepatitis and most of their liver is now permanently damaged thanks to this dodgy product..

  • Nick

    I have taken these for more than 6 years while I trained as a professional athlete. Never had any problems and still do not!

  • smartandsimple

    send them to me!! ill take them.. been searching for them in Boston and they are all out. i dont care if they make me sick