OxyElite Pro Attorneys
The lawyers of Hardison & Cochran are available to review cases of hepatitis and acute liver failure in North Carolina that may be linked to the recently recalled OxyElite Pro and VERSA-1 dietary supplements.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice on November 18, 2013, informing the public that USPLabs LLC, the Texas-based marketer of OxyElite Pro, had agreed to recall and destroy the product.
Prior to the recall, the FDA notified USP Labs that the dietary supplement had been linked to dozens of cases of hepatitis and acute liver failure, including one death and cases requiring liver transplants.
If you or a family member has experienced liver problems after using OxyElite Pro or VERSA-1, protect your legal rights. Contact Hardison & Cochran today. Call (800) 738-0449 or submit our online form. We will provide a free, timely and confidential consultation.
What is OxyElite Pro?
OxyElite Pro is a dietary supplement. According to the FDA, the product was advertised to consumers as an aid to losing weight and building muscles. Before the recall, consumers could buy it online and at supplement stores.
USPLabs LLC of Dallas, Texas, markets OxyElite Pro as well as VERSA-1.
According to the FDA, the agency learned on September 13, 2013, that a number of Hawaii residents had suffered acute liver failure or non-viral hepatitis. A joint investigation by state and federal health officials revealed that all the patients had used OxyElite Pro products.
The FDA also identified consumers outside of Hawaii who had suffered similar liver problems after taking OxyElite Pro.
According to CBS News, several of these patients required hospitalization. Two required liver transplants. One died.
Why Was OxyElite Pro Recalled?
On October 11, 2013, the FDA warned USPLabs that certain OxyElite Pro and VERSA-1 products were considered to be “adulterated.” This is because the products contained a new dietary ingredient, aegeline. The company had not provided safety evidence for this ingredient.
On that date, the FDA outlined its findings of liver problems linked to the dietary supplement. The FDA warned USPLabs to immediately stop distributing OxyElite Pro and VERSA-1.
According to the FDA, earlier in 2013, another formulation of OxyElite Pro had been destroyed after being held by the FDA through an administrative detention order.
That stockpile contained a stimulant called DMAA, which can cause high blood pressure, heart attacks, seizures and psychiatric disorders as well as death, the FDA said.
The FDA reports that USPLabs substituted aegeline, among other ingredients, after removing DMAA from its products.
What You Can Do If You Believe You Have Suffered Liver Problems Linked to OxyElite Pro / VERSA-1?
If you have consumed OxyElite Pro or VERSA-1 dietary supplements, you should consult a physician without delay.
In particular, you should be checked for signs of hepatitis, or liver inflammation. Hepatitis can trigger acute liver failure. This is a condition that can develop within a matter of days.
According to WebMD, symptoms of hepatitis include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Mild fever
- Aches in muscles or joints
- Vomiting and nausea.
You should also contact an attorney. At Hardison & Cochran, we are available to meet with you right away to learn more about your case, explain your legal rights and discuss the options that may be available to you. Our consultations are free and confidential.
For More Information:
- OxyElite Pro Supplements Recalled, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- FDA: OxyElite Pro Supplements Linked to Hepatitis Cases, One Death, CBS News
- Liver Failure, WebMD
- Understanding Hepatitis – Symptoms, WebMD