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FDA adoption of OTC ephedrine safety limits for herbals urged by supplement group.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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EPHEDRINE SUPPLEMENT LEVEL AKIN TO OTC AMOUNT allowed under FDA's 1986 final monograph for cough/ cold (bronchodilator) products is urged by the Ad Hoc Committee for Dietary Supplement Safety in Dec. 2 comments to the agency. Citing the monograph's establishment of the current 25 mg single-dose limit as a safe level for ephedrine-containing OTC bronchodilator products, the ad hoc committee suggests the same amount be permitted for dietary supplement products. The 25 mg level has been endorsed by a number of supplement industry groups, including the Dietary Supplement Safety and Science Coalition ("The Tan Sheet" Dec. 8, p. 20).

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