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PDR for Herbal Medicines to Debut

Magazine article Drug Topics

PDR for Herbal Medicines to Debut

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When questions arise on herbal medicines, doctors and pharmacists will soon be able to turn to a new authoritative source, thanks to Medical Economics' new PDR for Herbal Medicines.

Slated to debut next month, PDR for Herbal Medicines provides detailed information on over 600 herbal remedies. Joerg Gruenwald, Ph.D., editor of the new PDR, said, "We have a huge database of botanicals and first put this together in a CD-ROM version, which we published in Europe. Based on this huge amount of data and our expertise in this field, Medical Economics asked us to write the PDR for Herbal Medicines." Gruenwald is a botanist and president of Phytopharm Consulting in Berlin, Germany.

The new PDR, which is fully indexed by indications, therapeutic categories, and potential side effects, provides common and scientific names, which are cross-referenced for added convenience. In addition, there are full-color photographs of hundreds of herbs for easy identification.

Gruenwald said that entries include the following: identification of plants, active ingredients in plants, pharmacological effects, dosage standardization information, clinical data, indications and usage, interactions and side effects, precautions that should be taken, who should not take the drug, and a reference list of original literature. …

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