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Letters The herbalists’ marketeer

Regulation of herbal drugs: a pragmatic public health approach?

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 24 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4156
  1. Anthony R Cox, lecturer in clinical pharmacy1
  1. 1Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Therapeutics Section, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
  1. a.r.cox{at}

McCartney’s view that the regulation of herbal products leads to the potential for non-evidence based herbal preparations being given a cloak of scientific credibility ignores the counter-argument that such regulation is an important public health measure.1

Increasing concerns about the safety of herbal drugs, including cases of serious renal toxicity …

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