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MLB | Ephedra Sales To Stop In April

Fri, 06 Feb 2004 15:09:45 -0800

The Associated Press reports sales of ephedra must stop by early April, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday, Feb. 6, in finalizing its ban of the herbal stimulant. In the meantime, FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan, warned consumers: "Do not take these products. They are simply too risky." Ephedra has been linked to 155 deaths, including that of Baltimore Orioles P Steve Bechler, and dozens of heart attacks and strokes.

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Orioles | Pitcher Death Led To Ban

Tue, 30 Dec 2003 21:40:08 -0800

Updating a previous item, The Washington Post's Dave Sheinin reports the death of Baltimore Orioles P Steve Bechler played a big part in the Food and Drug Administration banning ephedra sales. "I think Steve's unfortunate death," said Orioles physician William Goldiner, "was far and away the catalyst for pushing this forward."

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Orioles | Team Targeted In Lawsuit

Wed, 03 Dec 2003 00:36:39 -0800

The Washington Post's Dave Sheinin is reporting the nutritional supplement firm targeted in a $600 million wrongful death suit by the widow of Baltimore Orioles P Steve Bechler has filed a court motion seeking to bring the Orioles into the lawsuit as a third-party defendant.

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Orioles | Ephedra Company Bankrupt

Wed, 22 Oct 2003 23:36:18 -0700

The Associated Press is reporting the dietary supplement company being sued over the death of Baltimore Orioles P Steve Bechler has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Nutraquest, formerly known as Cytodyne Technologies, took the step last Thursday. The move puts lawsuits against the company on hold, and the claims will be heard in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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Orioles | Bechler Spread at Camden

Mon, 18 Aug 2003 08:27:21 -0700

SportsLine.com reports the widow of former Baltimore Orioles P Steve Bechler spread her late husband's ashes on the mound and in the bullpen at Camden Yards Sunday, Aug. 17.

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Orioles | Bechler's Widow Sues

Fri, 18 Jul 2003 22:34:57 -0700

Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun reports the widow of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler has filed a $600 million lawsuit against the maker of the ephedra-based diet drug and stimulant that was in his system when he died of heatstroke in February.

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Orioles | Ephedra Lawsuit Filed

Tue, 03 Jun 2003 06:47:38 -0700

The AP reports the parents of the late Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler plan to sue the makers of a diet supplement containing ephedra, which a coroner said contributed to the heatstroke death of Bechler in spring training. The civil action will charge wrongful death, product liability, negligence, fraud and misrepresentation.

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Orioles | Bechler Autopsy Confirms Presence of Ephedra

Fri, 14 Mar 2003 21:05:52 -0800

Updating previous stories, the AP reports autopsy results on deceased Baltimore Orioles P Steve Bechler (heatstroke) showed “significant amounts” of ephedra in his system. Bechler died Feb. 17 from heatstroke. According to the coroner's report, "...the toxicity of ephedra played a significant role in the death of Mr. Bechler."

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MLB | Fehr Undecided On Ephedra Ban

Mon, 24 Feb 2003 01:07:46 -0800

The AP reports Major League Baseball Players Association head Donald Fehr is waiting for toxicology reports on Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler to return before deciding whether the union should seek a ban on ephedra.

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MLB | Florida May Ask For Ephedra Ban

Sat, 22 Feb 2003 00:07:31 -0800

The Palm Beach Post reports the state of Florida may ask for a ban on concentrated forms of ephedrine following the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler on Monday.

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