Threat to Herbal Medicines lifted Dec03
European Parliament has today voted to protect the use of traditional
herbal medicines in Britain, a right which was at risk under proposals
from the European Commission.
the original proposals, it was recommended that only remedies that had
been safely available in the EU for more than 15 years could be sold.
However, in today's vote in Strasbourg, MEPs opted for a special
dispensation to be made available for remedies with a proven safety
from Strasbourg, Bashir Khanbhai, Conservative MEP for the East of England
and a pharmacist with over 30 years experience, said:
is excellent news for constituents across the Eastern Region. The threat
to remove herbal remedies from our shelves has been avoided and we can
continue to buy and use well known products such as St John's Wort,
Echinacea and Rescue Remedy, which have enjoyed a safe history in Britain
added: "It will now be up to the UK Government to decide on whether
products which have been available for less than 15 years in the EU can
still be sold"
proposal also sets standards for medicinal herbs and stipulates the
inclusion, on labelling and in packaging leaflets, of simple and clear
indications regarding the potential toxicity and possible interactions
with food, drinks and other drugs taken simultaneously.