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EPHEDRINE OTC STATUS OPPOSED BY FDA ADVISORY COMMITTEE

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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EPHEDRINE OTC STATUS OPPOSED BY FDA ADVISORY COMMITTEE on Nov. 14 due to concerns about the misuse and abuse of ephedrine- containing OTCs and herbal products as stimulants, diet pills and muscle enhancers. Summarizing the views expressed by FDA's Nonprescription Drugs and Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee, FDA Office of OTC Drug Evaluation Director Michael Weintraub, MD, noted that the consensus was "pretty clear" that ephedrine be discontinued as an OTC drug ingredient.
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