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Immunity for FDA-banned drugs?

In April 2004, the FDA banned the diet-supplement Ephedra because of the unreasonable risk it posed to users. The decision to ban came after repeated lawsuits brought against the drug’s pharmaceutical manufacturers. By the time the FDA got around to banning the drug, it had been linked to 155 deaths. The Washington Post credited the lawsuits to forcing the change in the way the ephedra companies did business.

If certain Congress members have their way, these influential lawsuits will be nonexistent. The so-called “Commonsense Consumption Act” would limit the liability of food companies and grand immunity to the makers of banned substances such as Ephedra. Without the threat of lawsuits, manufacturers of dangerous supplements will have far less incentive to keep the public safe.

Call your representative and urge them not to support this Act.