The Future Of Medicinal Herbal In Modern Society


"Herbal medicine is a medicinal or popular traditional practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism, medicine, herbal, herbal medicine and medicine herbal. Traditional herbs and herbal formulations used in India and China make their way to Europe, thereby increasing the range of drugs herbal available. Until recently, the regulation of herbal medicines plants in the UK was very relaxed, but specific safety problems came to light, for example, the interaction of hypericum with some conventional drugs.

At present the herbal medicines may reach the market through the following three ways:

The remedies made from plants without license

Registering to traditional herbal medicines

Authorized herbal medicines

a) W
ithout basic use license plants

At the time of the remedies most herbal UK are unlicensed since they are exempt from licensing of product authorization or marketing by the exemption in Article 12 of the 1968 Medicines Act.

b) Registered traditional herbal medicines

October 30, 2005, a new system of "registration system for traditional herbal medicines' has been introduced in the UK, which is also a requirement of the European Directive on traditional herbal medicinal products (2004/24 / EC).

c) License medicinal plants

Currently, there are about 500 drugs based on plants that have a product license (ACM). To obtain a product license, a company must demonstrate that their herbal medicine meets certain safety standards, quality and efficiency. Licensed herbal medicines can be easily identified by a unique nine number of product license in the product container or package with the prefix "PL".

The future

Due to safety and quality, selling herbal remedies unlicensed plants are no longer allowed and all herbal medicines must have a traditional herbal folder (THR), or a product license (PL). There is, however, an exception to this and that is where the herbal remedy can satisfy both of the following requirements:

1) is legally in the UK market as a remedy based on non distributed under license s12 plants (2) of the 1968 Medicines Act and

2) it was also legally on the UK market under s12 (2) April 30, 2004

Although the herbal remedy does not meet these two requirements, which will benefit from temporary protection and, therefore, may continue to be marketed as an entry without herbal remedy until 30 April 2011, provided as you continue to meet the requirements of s12 (2).

All companies should take note that any use of herbal which has a record in traditional herbal or a product license after 30 April 2011 will not be allowed to sell or trade your medicine. If it is already on the market, the Regulatory Agency of medicines and health products (MHRA) insist on their withdrawal, even though the company submitted its application and are awaiting approval.

Recently the MHRA demonstrated their authority to withdraw a product from the market. They found that the homeopathic O'Neal court Remedies "Malaria Officinalis 30c" does not have a product license, despite all homeopathic remedies are classified as medicines and this has clearly been used to treat or prevent malaria. The company now removed this remedy.

Today, the challenge for herbal companies is to provide the correct information to meet the criteria and standards set by the MHRA to continue selling their herbal products. The compliance board to regulations, such as global regulatory services, can help alleviate this additional regulatory burden and ensure that herbal remedies can continue to be offered to the public as a safe alternative and / or a complementary product to conventional medicine.

1 Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

2 Source: MHRA

3 Source: MHRA Press release, May 6, 2008
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