new law in Illinois bans the sale of pills containing ephedra.
is an herbal supplement frequently sold at convenience stores, and
is often marketed as an “energy booster” and weight-loss aid.
the new law, all over-the-counter sales of ephedra would be banned
except in products that receive approval from the Secretary of Health
and Human Services, and then only when deemed “safe and effective
for its intended use” or under a label approved by the federal Food
and Drug Administration.
Rod Blagojevich’s Office of Legislative affairs said he signed the
bill into law Sunday, May 25. It unanimously passed the House May
15 and unanimously passed the Senate March 20.
lawmakers took up the cause against ephedra after Illinois student
Sean Riggins, 16, died after taking the drug to enhance his performance
on the football field, The Associated Press reported.
to HealthScout, the supplement is linked to almost 100 deaths,
including high school, college and professional athletes who have
collapsed during games or practice. For some, the danger is especially
you have an underlying condition that you’re not aware of, ephedra
can be fatal,” Erin Smith, a Lee’s Summit, MO, pharmacist, told Land Line. “I would never recommend … any of those products.”
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor
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