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Walden Statement on Federal Judge's Decision to Strike Down FDA's Ban on Ephedra

Location: Washington, DC

Walden Statement on Federal Judge's Decision to Strike Down FDA's Ban on Ephedra
Friday, April 15, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) today issued the following statement in response to a decision by a federal judge in Utah striking down the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) ban on supplements containing ephedra:

"I am terribly disappointed with this decision. Ephedra is a dangerous substance that I firmly believe has resulted in serious illness and even the loss of life. The tragedy of Steve Bechler's death hit close to home in the Rogue Valley, and we have seen similar cases throughout the nation.

"I concur with the view of the American Medical Association that this ruling will put consumers back in harm's way and that serious health threats will once again be posed despite findings from independent researchers and the government that resulted in a scientific basis for the ban.

"Last year I was proud to help bring this issue to the attention of Congress where we built a comprehensive record; yesterday's decision has only renewed my strong commitment. I have requested that the Energy and Commerce Committee, of which I am a member, set up meetings as soon as possible with the FDA and have asked the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, of which I am vice chairman, to look at what can be done here in the Congress to keep ephedra-based products off the market. And, if necessary, I will be a strong advocate for change to the statute that allows such a dangerous product to be sold."

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