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Ephedrine dilemma highlights DSHEA's faults, Food Advisory Committee members say.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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EPHEDRINE ALKALOID SAFETY ASSURANCE DIFFICULTIES HIGHLIGHT DSHEA's LIMITATIONS, committee member Bruce Chassy, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana, suggested at an Aug. 27-28 meeting of FDA's Food Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C. The Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act is "from our normal perspective of regulating drugs, backwards," Chassy asserted. Under the act, "we put [a dietary supplement] on the market, we collect adverse reactions and when we've got enough of them, we take a look at them," he said.

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