"Kevin Riggins and the entire Riggins
family should be proud of their efforts to pass this law," said
Bomke, who is a sponsor of the proposal. "This is an intensely
personal issue for the Riggins family, and because of their efforts
to bring more attention to a dangerous product, many lives will be
saved. That is quite an accomplishment."
Americans consume more than three
billion servings of ephedra each year. The FDA has received over
18,000 reports of adverse reactions by ephedra users, including
strokes, heart attacks, seizures and deaths.
Senate Bill 1418 would prohibit the
sale of any ephedra product not approved by the secretary of health
and human services as safe for its intended use or approved for
over-the-counter sales by the FDA.
Blagojevich has already indicated his intent to sign House Bill 1418