Judge strikes down ephedra ban

A federal judge has struck down the FDA ban on supplements containing ephedra. Earlier this natural weight-loss aid was linked to dozens of deaths by the Food and Drug Administration. Nutraceutical challenged the FDA's year-old ban and claimed that ephedra has been safely consumed for hundreds of years. For now it's too early to tell whether the product will be back in American stores anytime soon.

Read here the article from the New York Times on April 14, 2005. The American press is definitely not predominantly positive, the media emphasize that only small amounts of ephedra will possibly be tolerated again in the US, and they do not cease to mention the dangers the (excessive) use of ephedra brings along.