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Europe to ban hundreds of herbal remedies

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Jeremy Laurance
London Independent [1]
Thursday, December 30, 2010

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Hundreds of herbal medicinal products will be banned from sale in Britain next year under what campaigners say is a “discriminatory and disproportionate” European law.

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With four months to go before the EU-wide ban is implemented, thousands of patients face the loss of herbal remedies that have been used in the UK for decades.

From 1 May 2011, traditional herbal medicinal products must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner to comply with an EU directive passed in 2004. The directive was introduced in response to rising concern over adverse effects caused by herbal medicines.

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued more than a dozen safety alerts in the past two years, including one over aristolochia, a banned toxic plant derivative which caused kidney failure in two women.

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[1] London Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/europe-to-ban-hundreds-of-herbal-remedies-2171781.html

[2] FLASHBACK: Associated Press – Prescription drug reactions kill more than 100,000 Americans a year: http://www.pathlights.com/nr_encyclopedia/hn041598.htm

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[6] Herbal drug crackdown: Millions face having to buy remedies on black market as Europe tightens the rules: http://www.prisonplanet.com/herbal-drug-crackdown-millions-face-having-to-buy-remedies-on-black-market-as-europe-tightens-the-rules.html

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