A Utah state court judge declared the FDA ban on Ephedra, Ma-huang, as a drug wrong on of August 18, 2006. This means the FDA is entitled to pose restrictions and/or limitations on sales of pills with Ephedra. However, the FDA won't be allowed to write their own restrictions as they have done in the past. Any restrictions would be presented via a proposal. That proposal would then have to be voted on and passed through both the House of Representatives as well as the Senate.
Currently, this is only a recommendation since the FDA doesn't have legal control over the herb. For the moment, you can still legally buy pills with ephedra in the United States, however, that could change at any time.
This article was published on Wednesday 30 December, 2009.