Alerts

RegenESlim Appetite Control Capsules voluntarily recalled due to the presence of DMAA.

FDA warns consumers about caffeine powder. 

FDA advises consumers to stop using any supplement products labeled as OxyElite Pro or VERSA-1. Please see the following advisories: FDA -10/08/13, FDA - 10/11/13 and CDC - 10/08/13.

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Announcements

New article on reporting side effects of supplements
Just published in The New England Journal of Medicine: A recent article brings up dietary supplement issues you need to be aware of and discusses how dietary supplement side effects could be monitored better. A PDF of the April 3rd article is available free online.

3rd International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance
August 18-21, 2014
The ICSPP delivers innovative scientific programming on soldiers’ physical performance with experts from around the world.

DMAA list updated for April 2014

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Dietary supplement module
Earn continuing education credits (if eligible) for this two-hour online module.

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What is ephedra and why is it illegal?

Question

I’ve seen supplements with the ingredient ephedra, but I heard it’s illegal. What is it and why is it illegal?

OPSS Answer

Ephedra is an herb that contains several substances called “ephedra alkaloids,” which include ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. Ephedra is neither safe nor legal as a dietary supplement. FDA concluded in 2004 that all dietary supplements containing ephedra alkaloids pose a risk of serious adverse events (heart attack, stroke, and death), and so products containing ephedra alkaloids cannot be legally sold/marketed in the United States.

Ephedra and its alkaloids are still legal in some countries, so some dietary supplement products—usually weight-loss supplements—containing this dangerous ingredient are available from some online retail websites.

For more detailed information, read HPRC’s monograph on ephedra included in our Dietary Supplements Classification System. For background information about ephedra’s illegality, read the 2004 press release from FDA and the FAQ from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

FAQ posted 5 August 2014