I am curious as to the actual safety statistics on Ephedra. I am not interested in taking it, and wouldn't even if it were legal but as I recall there were only a very small number of actual deaths from it. Did anyone here use it pre-ban? Is anyone here continuing to use it?
Ephedra: It's back! (Sort of)
The Washington Post
It's not your imagination: A few products containing ephedra are back on the market again, after the supplement was banned by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004. Whether these products are being sold legally is under debate.
At the FDA's behest, U.S. marshals in Texas and Oregon recently seized nearly 3,000 bottles of the ephedra-containing dietary supplement Nature's Treat Energy Plus 1.
"We will do all we can to protect Americans from potentially dangerous dietary supplements," said Acting FDA Commissioner Andrew Eschenbach in announcing the seizure.
To bring you up to speed: Since the FDA banned ephedra after it was linked to a number of deaths, most dietary supplement makers have either withdrawn their ephedra products or reformulated them to eliminate ephedra.
But supplement maker Nutraceutical Corp., some of whose products contained ephedra, sued then-FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford over the ban. In April, a federal District Court judge in Utah ruled that Nutraceutical could sell products that contain 10 milligrams or less of ephedra. (Nutraceutical is not the maker of the supplement seized by federal officials last week.)
"The suit is not about the safety of ephedra but about FDA setting new standards for putting safe products on the market," Nutraceutical President Bruce Hough told the publication FDA Week when the ruling was released. "You can't wholesale ban a supplement unless you have good scientific facts behind it."
Even so, dietary supplement trade associations urged their members not to jump back into the market with ephedra products.