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FDA Seizes Ephedra-Containing Supplements

U.S. Marshals confiscate almost 3,000 bottles of Nature's Treat Energy Plus #1

THURSDAY, Dec. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Citing potential hazards to the heart, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday seized almost 3,000 bottles of Nature's Treat Energy Plus #1, an ephedra-containing dietary supplement from two distributors in Texas and Oregon.

At the FDA's request, U.S. Marshals seized 2,634 bottles, containing 120 capsules each, of Nature's Treat Energy Plus #1 from Nature's Treat in Gainesville, Texas, and 363 more bottles from ACD Distributing, LLC, of Eugene, Ore.

The FDA move followed recent studies confirming that ephedrine alkaloids raise blood pressure and stress the circulatory system, causing problems linked to heart attacks and strokes.

Based on new scientific data, the FDA issued a rule in 2004 warning that supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids pose "an unreasonable risk of illness or injury," the FDA said in a statement. The product label says the recommended daily dose of Nature's Treat Energy Plus #1 contains 46.8 mg of ephedrine alkaloids.

"FDA will do all it can to protect Americans from potentially dangerous dietary supplements," Acting FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenback, M.D., said in the statement.

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