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GENERAL ARTICLE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 25  |  Page : 69-73

Pharmacovigilance of herbal medicines: Current state and future directions


1 Department of Pharmacognosy, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal - 576 104, India
2 Masterskill University College of Health Sciences, Cheras - 43200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Correspondence Address:
Sandeep Shetti
Department of Pharmacognosy, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-1296.75905

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Currently, a majority of the adverse events related to the use of herbal products and herbal medicines that are reported are attributable either to poor product quality or to improper use. Inadequate regulatory measures, weak quality control systems, and largely uncontrolled distribution channels (including mail order and Internet sales) may have been contributing to the occurrence of such events. In order to expand the knowledge about genuine adverse reactions to herbal medicines, and to avoid wasting scarce resources for identifying and analyzing adverse events, events resulting from such situations will need to be reduced or eliminated. Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) are therefore encouraged to strengthen national regulation, registration and quality assurance and control of herbal medicines. In addition, the national health authorities should give greater attention to consumer education and to qualified practice in the provision of herbal medicines.


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