October 14. 2013 1:36PM

NH residents warned to avoid recalled OxyElite Pro supplement

CONCORD - State health officials are urging residents to stop using OxyElite Pro, a weight-loss or muscle-building supplement, because it has been linked to hepatitis and liver failure in 45 people in Hawaii.The N.H. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the FDA and the Hawaii Department of Health are all conducting investigations related to the supplement after Hawaii reported 45 patients became ill, 29 of whom have acute hepatitis, after taking the supplement.No case has been reported in New Hampshire, health officials said.Cases in other states, however, have been reported as well but are still being investigated. The FDA is analyzing samples of the product, inspecting manufacturing facilities, and reviewing production and product distribution records.OxyElite is distributed by USPlabs LLC across the country.USPlabs informed the FDA that it believes counterfeit versions of OxyElite Pro are being marketed in the U.S. and, as a result, the FDA is also investigating whether a counterfeit product is related to any of the cases.“We are monitoring the situation and are not aware of any cases in New Hampshire related to OxyElite,” said Dr. José Montero, director of public health at DHHS. “Our epidemiologists will continue to work with the FDA and the CDC and will investigate reports from clinicians of possible cases related to this recall.”Symptoms of all types of hepatitis are similar and can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay- or gray-colored bowel movements, joint pain, yellow eyes, and jaundice. Consumers who believe they have been harmed by using a dietary supplement should contact their health care provider.For more information, visit the Food and Drug Administration website at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/ or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov. Call 271-4496 to reach the DHHS Division of Public Health Services.