Adverse Event Reports from Metabolife
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Brief Executive Summary
The Special Investigations Division of the House Committee on Government Reform conducted an investigation into Metabolife, the country's largest manufacturer of dietary supplements containing ephedra, and the consumer safety of the company's products. The committee examined over 13,000 reports that the company had received between 1997 and 2002 warning of adverse effects caused by the company's products. The committee found that Metabolife carelessly ignored these consumer reports and routinely failed to obtain necessary medical records to determine its product safety.