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prescription drugs in herbal supplements?!!

April 13, 2009

how common it might be for alternative practitioners to dope their herbs with prescription drugs exhibiting known efficacy. He also notes how disingenuous this practice might be in that the alternative practitioner is admitting in doing so that their herbs and elixirs have no efficacy on their own.

I can’t speak to trends among individual practitioners but this practice takes a page from the big boys: the dietary supplement industry.

Adulterating commercial herbal products with prescription drugs is so common that the US FDA is keeping a running tally of actions against companies selling supplements containing “undeclared drugs”: the polite regulatory term for deceptive doping of a useless product with a real drug.

via Terra Sigillata : Undeclared drugs in herbal and non-botanical dietary supplements.

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One Comment
  1. April 13, 2009 10:56 pm

    Wow, that’s a very unethical practice. Sometimes people take the herbal remedies specifically because they may want/need to avoid the pharmaceutical due to intolerance to it, and they would end up taking it without knowing it.

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