OxyElite Pro, a fat burning supplement used by people keen to lose weight as well as bodybuilders, has been found to have an apparent causal side-effect of acute non-viral hepatitis. This causal relationship had been observed in 2011, but it is the recent outbreak in hepatitis cases in Hawaii that has renewed focus on the supplement, which is produced by USPLabs LLC, a Dallas-based firm.
The initial outbreak in Hawaii involved 29 victims, of whom 11 were admitted for about a week. 2 people required liver transplants while a third person, who was ineligible for liver transplant because doctors found she had breast cancer, died in the course of treatment.
24 of these victims were found to have consumed OxyElite Pro prior to their health problems. As of last week, the number of people with hepatitis suspected to have been caused by the supplement had risen to 41 in Hawaii, following an analysis of all previous hospital admissions. There have also been such 7 cases reported outside Hawaii.