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Diet pill linked to liver failure pulled from store shelves

Just because a product is sold on store shelves, it does not mean this product is necessarily safe. However, many Chicago residents may not realize this, which is why it may be particularly alarming to learn there have been 29 cases of liver failure and acute hepatitis linked to a specific diet pill. The company has taken the product off of the shelves after a state's Department of Health requested for the pills to be voluntarily removed.

At this point, the manufacturer is saying there is no credible evidence -- the company knows of -- linking the diet pill with liver failure. However, of the 29 liver failure and acute hepatitis cases, all of those afflicted had taken OxyELITE Pro. 

Still, the company claims there is no "credible" link to liver failure from taking the diet pill. 

According to one news source, a 48-year-old mother of seven even died after taking OxyELITE Pro. Her family claims that she became sick after taking the pills and ended up in the hospital in a medically induced coma. She was in need of a liver transplant, but when doctors discovered she had breast cancer, she became ineligible for the liver transplant. 

This concern over the diet pill also came after the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning pertaining to supplements containing dimethylamylamine, more commonly referred to as DMAA. However, in looking at these recent medical complications, the manufacturer is quick to point out their original product containing DMAA has not been made or sold since earlier in the year. 

For now, the company has stopped U.S. distribution of OxyELITE Pro with the purple top and OxyELITE Pro Super Thermo Powder. An investigation will decide whether these products will be safely stocked on store shelves again in the future.

Source: Huffington Post, "OxyELITE Pro Pulled From Shelves Nationwide After 29 Liver Failure Cases In Hawaii," Oct. 9, 2013

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