Cabinet member calls for new supplement law
By Times Wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 24, 2003
WASHINGTON - Congress should rewrite a law that rolled back dietary supplement regulations and require manufacturers to acknowledge potential side effects, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said Wednesday.
The comments came as the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee opened two days of hearings on the supplements, with a focus on ephedra, often promoted as a weight-loss product. Ephedra has been linked to as many as 100 deaths.
Ernie and Pat Bechler, the parents of Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler, were among those who testified. Their son died during spring training, and toxicology tests showed ephedra in his system.
In a statement submitted to the subcommittee, supplement-maker Metabolife said it "strongly believes in the science supporting the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements that contain ephedra when used as directed."
But several scientists said it was impossible to prove if ephedra was safe because studies screen out participants who have health problems, the people most likely to be hurt by the product.
A 1994 law left dietary supplements largely unregulated.
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