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Docs to HHS: Keep ephedra available

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Prohibiting the sale of ephedra "would have a negative impact on public health in general, and on the personal health of my patients," 27 doctors say in form letters to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson. Physicians say they "have examined the scientific literature on ephedra, which supports the weight-loss benefits and safety when...used according to current standards....I have seen positive and sometimes dramatic effects in may patients who have taken ephedra, without medically significant side effects." The signers, whose specialties include ob/gyn, urology, family medicine and internal medicine, also urge Thompson to support "labeling initiatives that specify serving limits and direct consumers to consult with health professionals before taking ephedra." Letter was drafted by Ephedra Education Council...
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