An OxyElite Pro recall is underway after the supplement was linked to an outbreak of liver illnesses, including one death. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made this announcement Sunday, USA Today reports.
OxyElite Pro products are typically used as weight-loss supplements. Capsule and powder versions of the product are affected by the recall.
The OxyElite Recall
This OxyElite Pro recall comes on the heels of an investigation that linked cases of liver failure and hepatitis to the product. The FDA sent a letter last week to Dallas-based USPlabs LLC that if it didn't voluntarily recall the supplements, the agency would be forced to order the company to stop distribution.
While dietary supplements don't actually need FDA approval before being hitting the retail market, this doesn't mean that they aren't just as susceptible to being recalled -- especially after serious cases of liver illness and even a death.
For a full list of the affected products, check out the FDA's press release here.
If You've Been Affected
If you think that you've purchased any affected batches of OxyElite Pro, you may have legal recourse. For example, defective supplements can potentially fall under the category of product liability claims. Generally, if a consumer wants to sue for a product-related injury, the harm has to be linked to the manufacturer's product or defect.
You'll want to consult with an experienced products liability attorney to help you figure out the best way to proceed. A lawyer would likely advise you to:
- See a doctor immediately;
- Save evidence, such as bottles of the pills you took and your receipts; and
- Keep track of your medical expenses so that you can potentially get reimbursed for those.
Consumers can also call USPlabs toll-free at (800) 890-3067.