California Bans Supplements With Ephedrine
Effective 1 January 2004
Governor Gray Davis yesterday signed SB 582, a bill that will make
sales in California of dietary supplements that contain any amount
of "ephedrine group alkaloids" a crime as of 1 January 2004.
law, introduced by Senator Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo),
is not relevant to over-the-counter or prescription drugs that contain
ephedrine alkaloids and such products will continue to be readily
available in the state.
addition, licensed health care practitioners will be exempted from
the ban, except that the legislation places a statutory restriction
on such practitioners’ scope of practice by specifically criminalizing
their dispensing of ephedrine-containing supplements for weight
loss, body building, or athletic performance enhancement. The law
also clearly states that sale of dietary supplements that contain
ephedrine alkaloids "directly to a licensed health care practitioner"
and to "a licensed pharmacist" will continue to be legal when the
product is for the purpose of treatment of patients under the direct
care of a health care practitioner.
on this link to view the bill
as passed by the California legislature (PDF format).
Herbal Products Association.