Medical Round-Up; Medical Correspondent JILL PALMER Looks at the Safety of Herbal Medicine and How the Misuse of Eye Drops Can Lead to Blindness

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Medical Round-Up; Medical Correspondent JILL PALMER Looks at the Safety of Herbal Medicine and How the Misuse of Eye Drops Can Lead to Blindness


Byline: JILL PALMER

THE Medicines Control Agency has launched an information service on its website providing up to date advice on the safety of herbal medicines.

Herbal Safety News includes issues such as herbal remedies found to be interacting with prescription drugs, concerns over the safety of ingredients and alerts over unlicensed herbal remedies.

The service has been launched amid concerns at the number of unlicensed herbal remedies in the UK.

These are not regulated by the strict quality and manufacturing controls as licensed remedies, which can be identified by the PL (product licence) number on the label.

It is very important that people use licensed products to guarantee safety and effectiveness.

Potters Herbal Medicines are one of the companies whose products have all been officially approved and licensed, including its new hayfever remedy Antifect which contains echinacea and garlic.

The company is unable to give away samples of licenced products but instead is offering Mirror readers 30 sets of four open-dated family tickets for the London Eye worth pounds 42 each. …

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