Too much Congress is bad for your health

The FDA has been dragooned into withdrawing most of its proposed rule to regulate ephedra, a dietary supplement, adding to the sorry list of public health setbacks mandated by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) passed by Congress in 1994.

The FDA's move follows a Government Accounting Office report criticizing the agency's proposal to limit the dose and duration of use of products containing ephedra. The GAO report was commissioned by the House Committee on Science to examine the scientific bases for the FDA's proposal