From the FDA's website. However, I am wondering if Ephedrine HCL (FDA Approved drug) i.e. mini-thins will be removed from market.
Sales of Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids (Ephedra) Prohibited
On Feb. 6, 2004, FDA published a final rule prohibiting the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids (ephedra). The rule will be effective 60 days from publication.
Ephedra, also called Ma huang, is a naturally occurring substance derived from plants. Its principal active ingredient is ephedrine, which when chemically synthesized is regulated as a drug. In recent years ephedra products have been extensively promoted to aid weight loss, enhance sports performance, and increase energy.
But FDA has determined that ephedra presents an unreasonable risk of illness or injury. It has been linked to significant adverse health effects, including heart attack and stroke.