http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/...in563800.shtmlU.S. To Ban Ephedra
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2003
The General Accounting Office reported this summer that many of the complaints came from users under 30. Reported problems included heart attacks, strokes and seizures.
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler, had taken a dietary supplement containing ephedra, is driven off the field in February. He died shortly thereafter. (Photo: AP)
(CBS/AP) The Bush administration has decided to ban the herbal weight-loss supplement ephedra from the marketplace because of concerns about its effects on health, government officials said Tuesday.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and Food and Drug Administration chief Mark McClellan were to announce the ban at a midday news conference, the officials said, speaking only on condition of anonymity.
The ban is likely to be met with litigation from manufacturers who dispute the agency's assertion that ephedra, which was blamed in the death of a professional baseball player's death earlier this year, is a health risk.
Congressional investigators have found that many people who followed guidelines for using the herbal stimulant still reported health problems. The General Accounting Office reported this summer that many of the complaints came from users under 30. Reported problems included heart attacks, strokes and seizures.
There are reports of more than 100 deaths being linked to the herb.
The drug's maker, Metabolite, has said it "strongly believes in the science supporting the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements that contain ephedra when used as directed."
Ephedra was thrust into the spotlight in February following the death of Baltimore Orioles minor league pitcher Steve Bechler, who had taken a dietary supplement containing ephedra.
Ephedra is banned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Football League and the International Olympic Committee but not major league baseball. In May, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the nation's first statewide ban on ephedra.
Congress in 1994 severely limited federal oversight of dietary supplements.
Again, best study up on homebrewing. PH's will prob be next.
I won't miss it.
Here is some more info the 1fast posted at avant:
In a nut shell, you will have some time to stock up.
Last edited by size; 12-30-2003 at 01:54 PM.
hehe i was just about to post this.. you beat me to it bruh
Can't stop illegal drugs, can't capture Bin Laden's sorry ass, but we can worry about a fat ass pitcher keeling over and some idiot coroner blaming ephedra. In the immortal words of Don King "Only in America".
You read my mind, brother!Originally Posted by Blutarski
I could not have said it better.Originally Posted by Blutarski
yeah tell me about it.. they allow cigarettes, they allow caffeine, and they allow chewing tobacco.. am i missing something here?! sheesh
Bitching and moaning on a message board will do nothing.
Instead, write a Congressman if you are a registered voter. These bans are not PARTY affiliated, they are supported widely across the board. Consequently, people need to make noise with letters, emails, and phone calls.
This was set up about andro but is still an easy way to write all your represenitives at once. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/saveandro.htm
I did it and got letters back from all the people I wrote, including the President.
My state house told me to stop writing them.
I wrote everyday at least twice a day since this all started, they got tired of seeing my name..
so this is pretty much the start of serious crackdowns on stuff we're using huh? wtf.
I was listening to am radio on the way home from work and of course it was all these soundbytes by officials saying how bad it was blah blah blah blah....Then a father is heard saying how is 16(??) yr old son died from using it in conjunction with football......YES, it's sad to hear all that stuff and it's tragic to lose your son like that. But come on, in this country i swear it kills me that nobody wants to take responsibility for their actions anymore. There is always something or someone else to blame other than yourself now and it just drives me nuts.
Owner of Nutrex, Jeff Mc????, was one CNBC this evening. He had a chance to respond to the FDA claims and decision. He did ok and presented his fear as to how far the FDA will continue to go.
Ephedra based products acct. for over 26% of Nutrex sales so he can't be pleased.
I have composed letters to congress numerous times. Other should do the same b/c supplements are going to continue to disappear otherwise.
There has been, 100 deaths related to ephedrine. That is not good. There are how many users? I would guess 10's of millions, sound right? Not a bad ratio. Why then is Alcohol and Tobacco not only readily available, it's glamorized. Every time I see a hot chick on TV, she's holding a Labatt's bottle. Yet there are probably 100's of deaths DAILY related to these two poisons. ****ing Hypocrites!!!!
What I think is going to be the telling tale on our government’s ethics, is when ephedrine will be available by prescription. Yeah, isn't prescriptions and insurance the cornerstone to the American economy? ****ing Hypocrites!!!
I will update my "cost comparison of cuttting supps" thread accordingly within the next month. I figured it might be pointless to compare too many ephedra products considering the looming ban. Unfortunately it has finally come to pass
OMG, did anyone watch CNN this morning? I watched last night and they said that Ephedra had been linked so about 100 deaths. Then this morning they did another special on it and they said that it had been linked to over 155 deaths!!! Where are they getting these numbers and how did 55 more people die over night?
Does this mean that we can ban anything that kills 100 people?
Bellx1 posted this link over at AU
It was written before the FDA announcement yesterday, but discusses the Rand study that they are basing their rule making. Conspiracy theorists will love this quote:
~ToddBut a recent federally funded, dictionary-sized study from the California-based Rand Corporation considered all reports published over the past two decades of ephedra either alone or in combination with caffeine and found the combination caused "about 0.9 kilograms (two pounds) per month of weight loss." That's about twice the rate of the most-prescribed obesity drugs.
That is quite disturbing Todd.....and could be yet another testament as to the influence of prescription drug companies. Could be a stretch, could also be alarmingly close to something
Damn Big Pete anyone ever told you that you look like Mark Kerr from a distance, the UFC fighter. Haven't seen him in awhile, but that is a compliment by the way...Also awesome documentary on him, called Smashing Machine...anyway props on the physique..