It is believed by the DOH that a dietary or nutritional supplement, or supplements, taken to assist efforts to lose weight or develop muscle, is behind this outbreak... [adding] that cases have been reported from every county in Hawaii.
New York, New York (PRWEB) October 01, 2013
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective drugs, notes that Hawaii’s Department of Health (DOH) is investigating at least 10 cases of acute liver inflammation and failure that occurred in the state from May up through the present, according to a Sept. 26 press release from the DOH. It is believed by the DOH that a dietary or nutritional supplement, or supplements, taken to assist efforts to lose weight or develop muscle, is behind this outbreak, the release added, noting that cases have been reported from every county in Hawaii.
Noting the investigation is in its early stages, Dr. Sarah Parker is quoted in the release saying “we have not identified the exact source of this condition. However, we want to alert the public because of our concern that more people could potentially become ill.”
The DOH has issued a statewide Medical Advisory to clinicians, clinics, and emergency departments to facilitate identifying more possible cases, it noted in the release, in addition to the fact that it is collaborating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “as the investigation may involve a federally regulated supplement with national distribution,” the release noted; it did not name the brand, or brands, of supplement or supplements involved in the epidemic.
“Revealing that its investigation ‘may involve a federally regulated supplement with national distribution’ creates serious questions, the first and foremost one being, if it is a national brand, are people on the American mainland suffering from the same health problems?” said Parker Waichman LLP.
The release highlighted that anyone using dietary or nutritional supplements for weight loss and/or muscle gain should:
- Practice caution; and
- Follow their healthcare provider’s guidance.
Symptoms of liver problems caused by the supplement or supplements believed to be behind this medical problem, as noted in the DOH release, include:
- Abdominal pain or discomfort;
- Loss of appetite;
- Nausea and/or vomiting; and
- Yellow skin or eyes.
One ongoing issue dogging the supplements industry is inclusion of 1,3-dimethylamylamine, or DMAA, in some products, despite the fact that it has been banned in the U.S.
As the FDA noted in a July 16 Q&A on dietary supplements, DMAA is “found illegally in some dietary supplements and often touted as a ‘natural’ stimulant. DMAA, especially in combination with other ingredients such as caffeine, can be a health risk to consumers. Ingestion of DMAA can elevate blood pressure and lead to cardiovascular problems ranging from shortness of breath and tightening in the chest to heart attack. Dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal and the FDA is doing everything within its authority to remove these products from the market. In 2012, the FDA issued warning letters to companies notifying them products with DMAA need to be taken off the market or reformulated to remove this substance. Most companies warned are no longer distributing products with DMAA. While the FDA is working to get these products off the market, consumers should not buy or use any dietary supplement product containing DMAA.”
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