No dosage of dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids is safe, and the sale of these products in the United States is illegal and subject to FDA enforcement action.
This ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver overrules an earlier decision by the District Court in Utah.
The court agreed with the FDA that dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids (ephedra) pose an unreasonable risk of illness or injury to users, especially those suffering from heart disease and high blood pressure.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.