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November 6, 2013

Dietary Supplement Linked to Cases of Acute Hepatitis

JAMA. 2013;310(17):1784. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281868

A dietary supplement marketed as a weight loss and bodybuilding aid has been linked to dozens of cases of acute hepatitis and at least 1 death in Hawaii, according to national and state public health authorities.

News of a cluster of nonviral hepatitis cases in Hawaii broke September 26, when the state’s health department alerted residents of cases of liver inflammation and liver failure linked to use of dietary supplements for weight loss or bodybuilding. By October 8, both the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued alerts linking the cases to a product called OxyElite Pro, which is sold nationwide by a Texas-based manufacturer. All 3 agencies were warning individuals to avoid using this supplement until further information is available.