FTC Sues Over Ephedra

U.S. regulators said on Tuesday they had sued one marketer of the weight-loss supplement ephedra and settled charges against two others, accusing them of making bogus claims about the controversial stimulant.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said it had challenged claims that the companies' ephedra -containing supplements would allow users to lose substantial weight without diet or exercise, and that the products were "perfectly safe" or had no side effects.

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FTC takes action against three ephedra marketers

Last Updated: 2003-07-01 15:00:21 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Tuesday they had sued one marketer of the weight-loss supplement ephedra and settled charges against two others, accusing them of making bogus claims about the controversial stimulant.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said it had challenged claims that the companies' ephedra-containing supplements would allow users to lose substantial weight without diet or exercise, and that the products were "perfectly safe" or had no side effects.