Open Accessibility Menu

Oxyelite Liver Damage

If you or a loved one suffered liver damage or hepatitis symptoms while taking fat-burning supplement Oxyelite Pro, contact Oxyelite attorney Chris Mellino today for a free consultation. You may be able to file a personal injury claim against manufacturer USP Labs and pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

“Liver failure occurs when large parts of the liver become damaged beyond repair and the liver is no longer able to function,” according to WebMD. Usually, the condition takes years to progress as a result of heavy drinking or cirrhosis, but an acetaminophen overdose and dangerous herbal supplements can cause acute liver failure within 48 hours. In this case, USP Labs has told the FDA that ingredient DMAA, also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine or methylhexanamine, is cultivated from geraniums. However, “FDA is not aware of any reliable science indicating that DMAA exists naturally in plants,” according to its July 16, 2013, statement.

Per that same statement, USP Labs reportedly destroyed all products containing DMAA on July 2, 2013, in response to an April 24, 2012, warning letter demanding that they be taken off the market. This warning letter stemmed from 86 reports of adverse events, including consumers who suffered:

  • elevated blood pressure;
  • shortness of breath;
  • irregular heartbeat;
  • chest constriction;
  • a heart attack;
  • seizures;
  • neurological and psychological problems; or
  • death.

In light of the FDA warning, USP Labs introduced new formulas containing aegeline this year. Thus far, however, “health officials have released too little information to know even which formula of OxyElite Pro injured consumers were taking,” an adviser to the company stated.

On October 8, 2013, the Hawaii State Department of Health issued a press release asking retailers, such as GNC, to stop carrying Oxyelite as it investigated 29 cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure, including two transplants and one death, that occurred between May and October of this year.

“Twenty-four cases reported using OxyElite Pro before their illness,” the release stated.

In response, USP Labs issued its own press release, stating, “The cluster of liver issues in Hawaii is a complete mystery and nothing like this has ever been associated with OxyElite Pro in all of the years our products have been in the market.” The Dallas-based company did, however, agree to stop distributing “OxyElite Pro with the Purple Top and OxyElite Pro Super Thermo Powder,” which are the formulas under fire.

The FDA advised consumers to stop taking this dangerous drug and to report any adverse side effects they’ve suffered via its MedWatch system.

October 9, 2013, Hawaii News Now reported that 48-year-old resident and mother of seven children Sonnette Marras died from liver damage after taking Oxyelite Pro to lose weight. She became violently ill and unable to hold down food after several weeks, her husband said. Marras slipped into a coma and was given a week to live after being denied a transplant when doctors found a lump in her breast.

October 11, 2013, the FDA sent another warning letter to USP Labs, but this one concerned ingredient aegeline, which replaced DMAA in new formulas. “Failure to immediately cease distribution of all products containing aegeline may result in enforcement action by FDA without further notice,” the letter stated.

On October 25, 2013, USA Today reported that 48 people have suffered from acute hepatitis since April 1.

November 12, 2013, the FDA published a press release from USP Labs, stating it had voluntarily recalled all Oxyelite powders and capsules containing aegeline.

If you suffered liver damage or hepatitis while taking Oxyelite, contact Ohio attorney Chris Mellino today for a free consultation, or visit our lawsuit information and resources page for more details. The state limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit, so don’t delay, or you could lose your opportunity to pursue compensation for medical bills, time you missed from work, and other expenses.

Our Clients Love Us

  • I couldn’t be happier with my experience at the Mellino Law Firm. Everyone in the office took great care of us and went above and beyond.

    - Floyd L.

  • I truly was amazed to watch you work at trial. It was a work of art and I was thankful that you were on my side.

    - Milt M.

  • Your kindness, understanding, and immense compassion truly helped our family get through this terrible event. Your willingness to know each of us in a personal way created a warm, pleasant environment. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    - The W Family

  • My family and I were very pleased to be represented by Mellino Law. They are extremely professional, experienced and conscientious. But, most of all, the entire staff is very caring & compassionate.

    - Jewell Renee S.

  • You were always available to answer any concerns that we had. During the trial, your expertise, knowledge, and professionalism made you stand out in our eyes as “the best” lawyer out there.

    - Rita and Rich R.

  • Mr. Mellino and his staff are very responsive, have a wealth of knowledge, exceptional analytical capabilities, and excellent communications skills.

    - Briggette S.

View All

Why Choose The Mellino Law Firm

  • Tens of millions of dollars recovered
  • Over 30 Years of Experience
  • Free Case Evaluations
  • Successful Results Against Many HealthCare Systems Including University Hospital & Cleveland Clinic
  • Recognized by multiple peer review organizations as one of the best law firms in the country

Contact Us Today

    • Please enter your first name.
    • Please enter your name.
    • This isn't a valid phone number.
    • This isn't a valid email address.
      Please enter your email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
We value your privacy and will get back to you within 24 hours.