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Request for ban on ephedra


The Public Health Research Group, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, and the pharmacologist Raymond Woosley have written to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking it to ban the use of ephedra in diet supplements, the New York Times reports.

They point to a report published by the American Association of Poison Control Centres which reveals 1,398 adverse reactions to food supplements containing ephedra have been reported to the agency between January 1993 and February 2001.

The figures include 81 deaths, 95 heart attacks, 69 strokes and 70 seizures.

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