Hawaii makes dietary supplement removal mandatory

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Department of Health is making the removal of a dietary supplement under investigation mandatory.

The department on Thursday told retailers they must take OxyELITE Pro off the shelves and store the product for state inspectors to inventory.

Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo says what was initially a voluntary removal was stepped up to an embargo to get a sense of how much of the product is out there and because nutrition store GNC initially said it wouldn't comply.

GNC later said it would voluntarily comply. The product's manufacturer says it's safe.

Officials say the vast majority of now 32 cases of hepatitis and liver failure under investigation reported using OxyELITE Pro. The sister of a Maui woman who died last week says she was taking the pills to lose weight.

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