Letters The herbalists’ marketeer

Author’s reply to Cox and to McIntyre and colleagues

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4159 (Published 24 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4159
  1. Margaret McCartney, general practitioner1
  1. 1Glasgow, UK
  1. margaret{at}margaretmccartney.com

Although I respect Cox’s view that regulation of herbal drugs may help protect the public from fundamentally dangerous preparations,1 2 such regulation causes confusion. Herbal preparations of no proved efficacy are presented on pharmacy shelves with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MRHA) stamp and the promise that they are approved for “traditional” use. What does this mean to prospective customers? …

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