The number of liver damage cases linked to the weight-loss supplement OxyELITE Pro has climbed to 32. That's three new patients, according to the state Department of Health.
The product is being pulled from store shelves, but doctors say the problem is that there are other supplements out there with the same or similar ingredients.
DOH investigators were back visiting retailers again Thursday, such as the Vitamin Shoppe and GNC. They've put an embargo on OxyELITE Pro, meaning they can't sell it or send it anywhere else.
Doctors at the Queen's Liver Center say supplements are not given the same amount of scrutiny as prescription drugs, so consumers don't really know what's in them.
"There is really no authority by the federal government to intervene in a very quick way or preventative way because there's no law. And personally I think it's really wrong," Dr. Naoky Tsai, Queen's Liver Center.
Dr. Tsai says the company that makes OxyELITE Pro changed the formula it May and the cases of liver damage were reported shortly after that.
The DOH says more investigation is needed to determine if other products with the same ingredients should be pulled off the shelves.
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