Diet pills pulled nationwide after Hawaii probe
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A representative for a popular diet supplement has notified Hawaii News Now that the company that produces OxyElite Pro is stopping nationwide distribution.
The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is currently investigating 29 cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure that have occurred in the state from May through October 2013 and may be related to the use of diet supplements for weight loss and/or muscle building.
The cases under investigation include two individuals that have undergone liver transplants and one death.
USPlabs says they have no knowledge of any link between their supplements and liver failure, but are doing this voluntarily until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the DOH can figure out the cause.
DOH on Tuesday alerted Hawaii retailers and requested a voluntary removal of the product OxyElite Pro pending the investigation.
The public is advised to discontinue use of the product at this time.
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