Hawaii Still Hasn’t Named Liver-Damaging Supplement

It’s been more than a week now since health officials in Hawaii sent out a warning about severe liver injuries they’re blaming on weight loss and/or body building supplements but we still buy modafinil┬ádon’t know exactly what supplements they’re looking at in their investigation.

What I can tell you (and it isn’t much) is that the state has seen at least 10 cases of severe liver damage and even deaths that officials are blaming on nutritional supplements for weight loss and/or body building. I say “and/or” because Hawaii’s Department of Health won’t or can’t even say if they’re looking at one particular supplement, one particular brand, one particular ingredient or multiple products.

The cases have occurred across Hawaii, with every single county reporting at least one. Every case has involved acute liver inflammation and no case can yet be blamed on any known pathogen. None of the victims have any “normal” risk factors for liver disease.

The only thing they do have in common is the taking of supplements for weight loss or body building in the past 6 months. But the statement issued last week doesn’t name any brand names or particular ingredients that the victims have in common.

Hawaii media have, however, thrown a name out there. Hawaii News Now, which operates NBC affiliate KHNL and CBS affiliate KGMB is naming USPLabs’ Oxyelite Pro as a supplement taken by one of the apparent victims. Sonette Marras died Friday after spending the last several days in a medically induced coma. Marras had reportedly taken Oxyelite Pro to lose weight earlier this summer.

It’s unclear whether the OxyelitePro Marras allegedly took was from the same inventory that USPLabs voluntarily destroyed after the US Food and Drug Administration officially warned the company about its OxyelitePro and Jack3D supplements. Those supplements were made with a compound known as DMAA–1, 3-dimethylamylamine HCl–to you chemistry aficionados.

DMAA is an amphetamine derivative that is no longer allowed for sale in the US due to its ability to raise blood pressure. As of its last update, which was back in mid-July, the FDA said that it had logged 86 complaints about DMAA-containing supplements causing serious adverse events, including seizures and heart attacks.

Of course, all this speculation about DMAA and OxyelitePro is just that–speculation. Until someone with the Hawaii Department of Health, the FDA or Centers for Disease Control comes out with some more info we just won’t know. And with the current government shutdown there’s no telling when that will change.