Docket Management
Docket: 95N-0304 - Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids
Comment Number: EC -677

Accepted - Volume 322

Comment Record
Commentor Mrs. Stephanie Klement Date/Time 2003-03-26 13:53:29
Organization Goen Group
Category Dietary Supplement Industry

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments Ephedra and ephedra containing products seem to be the newest bandwagon for the FDA to jump on. Due to all of the hyped media coverage and the recent negative, and not always truthful, publicity surrounding ephedra, the FDA has decided to propose a ban without even considering the larger picture. I feel that this is completely irresponsible on their part. Ephedra, if used responsibly is both safe and effective. RESPONSIBILITY is key. Millions of people consume ephedra on a daily basis with no adverse reactions. An entire industry and millions of satisfied consumers should not be made to pay for the misuse or abuse of ephedra by a handful of the population. Keeping this in mind, millions of people are also obese. Obesity is and should be of far greater concern. It poses a dire health risk to the population since thousands die every year due to disease and complications directly related to obesity. Why ban a product that is proven to assist with weight loss? It just does not make sense. In research I have come across, I found that each year aspirin and its related compounds pose more of a health threat than ephedra ever could. The exact number was somewhere in the THOUSANDS. I don't see the FDA calling for a ban of these over-the-counter staples in American homes. In conclusion, I am in support of the education of consumers regarding dietary supplements; however, an outright ban is entirely unnecessary. To impose one would be both unjustified and unfair. Thank you for your time.

EC -677