Thursday, April 14, 2005

Ephedra ban GONE!

The Food and Drug Administration's ban on dietary supplements containing ephedra has been struck down.

A very good decision by the court. Keep in mind that the media flurry buried the fact that Steve Bechler had been taking three pills every morning on an empty stomach - my supplement, Stacker 2, says quite clearly on the label "Take ONE pill after meals."

How the FDA could even get away with that ban when it was clear that in at least one instance, the death involved was possibly caused by misuse of the product in question leads me to wonder what kind of logic is at play here. At some point, people need to be expected to be able to follow directions on a label. Certainly, the failure of a person to doso should not be laid at the feet of a manufacturer, nor should it be used to punish those responsible users of a legal product.

The FDA will probably try again. Hopefully, it will be stopped in its tracks.

1 comment:

Ken Prescott said...

I am reminded of a quote from Robert Heinlein's Notebooks of Lazarus Long:

"Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity."

Had it not been for misusing Stacker 2, Steve Bechler likely would've found another fiendishly clever method of doing himself in.