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New herbal medicine safety laws

3rd May 2011

The UK is facing new laws aimed at protecting consumers from potentially harmful herbal medicines.

Under a European directive, herbal medicines on sale in shops will have to be registered and products must meet safety, quality and manufacturing standards, and come with information outlining possible side-effects. The Medicines and Health care Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there had been 211 applications for approval, with 105 granted so far and the rest still under consideration. However, some herbal practitioners are worried the move could threaten their businesses.

 

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Hinglee Too

Wednesday 4th May 2011 @ 7:46

It's about time that herbal medicines be regulated. There is often little or no scientific study to corroborate the extravagant claims made by herbal practitioners. People that assumed herbal products are harmless have obviously not heard of poisonous plants. I fully support the move to register such products. I hope all government health authorities would follow suit.


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