HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health is warning the public to stop using a dietary supplement and asking retailers to take the product off the shelves after reports of hepatitis and live failure around the state, including one death.
The department on Tuesday asked retailers to stop selling OxyELITE Pro. The department says 24 out of 29 cases under investigation reported using the supplement.
Product manufacturer USPlabs says the supplement is safe and the Hawaii problems are mysterious.
Disease Outbreak Control Division spokesman Mark Berthold says the department is giving retailers a chance to do the right thing, but there may be sanctions for noncompliance later.
Hawaii News Now reports Sonette Marras died last week after taking OxyELITE Pro to lose weight.
The product is used for weight loss or muscle-building.