GNC Hit With Suit Linking Supplement To Hepatitis

By Greg Ryan (November 20, 2013, 8:37 PM EST) -- GNC Holdings Inc. and USPlabs LLC were sued Tuesday by a Hawaii woman who allegedly developed nonviral hepatitis after taking the fat-burning supplement OxyElite Pro, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has linked to a rash of illnesses in the state.

The FDA announced in early October that 29 people in Hawaii had recently come down with acute hepatitis, a liver inflammation that is not contagious, after using OxyElite Pro, a dietary supplement manufactured by Texas-based USPlabs. One of the users died, and two required liver transplants. The agency concluded that the supplement contained an ingredient, aegeline, whose safety was...

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