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FTC on ephedra

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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FTC considers claims ephedra products are safe to be misleading and "we can and do go to federal court in order to stop" them, Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Howard Beales tells House Government Reform Committee March 27 during Internet pharmacy hearing. In response to question from Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Beales states FTC has filed "four cases so far going back to 1997 challeng[ing] claims that ephedra was safe or had no side effects as unsubstantiated." He notes all four cases were decided in FTC's favor and that "we have other investigations involving ephedra products and there will be more cases that are in the pipeline"...

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