4/14/2005

Ban on Ephedra May be Lifted

In this article from KSL, it talks about how the once-popular drug ephedra may be ruled safe by the FDA after a year of being banned from the market. After being linked to 155 deaths, the FDA decided in a court case to take it off the market, but now ephedra supporters are saying the court ruling was invalid and they want the courts to take another look at the case. This drug was linked to the death of the Baltimore Orioles' pitching prospect, Steve Bechler. So why would the FDA consider bringing back a harmful drug if it is known to kill? Maybe they made adjustments on it, but I don't think I would take a weight loss pill that had that kind of history.

6 comments:

Diane said...

I do think adjustments should be made before the drug returns to the market. Disabling, chronic pain is one thing but are weight loss drugs worth dying over?

I understand that all drugs have risks. Not all drugs that have risks should be banned. What is the dose-response assessment? Were the people who died taking above recommended doses? I know there are effective, low risk prescription weight loss drugs available.

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Harry said...

I also think that there should be some changes made. More research should be put into this for the reasons that everyone is worried about being over weight, and so people are willing to try to do anything to be skinny. Even if they know that certain drugs can harm them.

Marie said...

The people have been warned in my opinion. I don’t understand why the FDA can’t make their mind up on anything. It is good that we have some regulation on the quality of drugs and food that we take into our bodies. If people can’t realize the growing trend of deaths that Ephedra created, let them gorge themselves with some Ephedra so they can have a taste of their own medicine. Maybe this way if we can get Ephedra back out on the market there will be more reason to sue pharmaceutical companies, fabulous, the FDA is thinking.

Dr. Tufte said...

I don't see any sense in this either.

FWIW - items like ephedra are not considered pharmaceuticals by the FDA (because they are refined rather than created) and do get weaker scrutiny.

Erik said...

I took xenadrine for a year and a half before ephedra was banded and I was just fine... I was loosing wieght by working out and dieting but lost more wieght with the aid of ephedra. When taking any suppliment you have to take precautions and be responsible.