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Ireland’s Health Officials Warn of OxyElite Pro Dangers, Take Steps

Filed November 14th, 2013 Laurie

Health officials in Ireland issued a health alert yesterday about OxyElite Pro supplements, which are used for weight loss, energy boosting, and muscle building. The products have been linked to numerous cases of liver disease and were recalled in the U.S.

The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) and the Food Safety Authority Ireland (FSAI) identified the products as OxyElite Pro Super Thermo capsules, OxyElite Pro Ultra-Intense Thermo capsules, OxyElite Pro Super Thermo powder and VERSA-1. IMB director John Lynch told Independent.ie that some of the products contain a substance known as aegeline, which makes them illegal medicines.

“People are advised that, if they are feeling any ill effects after taking any of these products, they should contact their doctor and, if possible, present the product in question,” Lynch said.

OxyElite Pro is under investigation in the U.S. after a large number of non-viral hepatitis cases were reported, including one death and a handful of liver transplants. Director of consumer protection at the FSAI Ray Ellard told Independent.ie that online retailers have been asked to stop selling the products.

“Outlets such as gyms, sports supplement retailers and businesses selling supplements from websites are being asked to remove these products from sale and to clearly display a point-of-sale notice if they sold the products in the past,” Ellard said.

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) reported in early September that it had been notified of seven patients who had developed acute hepatitis or liver failure after using OxyElite Pro. By mid-October, 45 cases of liver damage had been reported to the department, including the seven original patients.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced November 10 that USPlabs LLC had recalled OxyElite Pro. The action marked the second time the FDA had exercised its recall authority under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by sending such a letter.

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