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Judge strikes down FDA ban on ephedra
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge Thursday struck down the FDA ban
on ephedra, the once-popular weight-loss aid that was yanked from the
market after it was linked to dozens of deaths.
The judge ruled in favor of a Utah company that challenged the Food and
Drug Administration's ban. Utah-based Nutraceutical claimed in its
lawsuit that ephedra "has been safely consumed" for hundreds of years.
Supplements that included ephedra have been widely used for weight loss
and bodybuilding, but have linked to 155 deaths, including that of
Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler. The FDA ordered the
substance off the market in April 2004.
Judge Tena Campbell's ruling sends the matter back to the FDA "for
further rulemaking consistent with the court's opinion" and keeps the
agency from enforcement action against the companies.
FDA officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Company president Bruce Hough said the decision is about "protecting
the public's access to safe and effective dietary supplements."