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Goldenseal and Aloe vera "non-decolorized whole leaf extract" added to California Proposition 65 list

AHPA Update

Companies generally have one year to ensure products comply with new Proposition 65 requirements
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Cannabinoids for Medical Use: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (JAMA)

Editor's Note: This review and analysis of cannabinoids for medical use found moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic pain and spasticity. There was low-quality evidence suggesting that cannabinoids were associated with improvements in nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, weight gain in HIV, sleep disorders, and Tourette syndrome. Cannabinoids were associated with an increased risk of short-term adverse events.
   

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AHPA Provides Perspective on Emergency Room Visits Purportedly Associated with Supplements

When placed into context, study demonstrates relative safety of supplements

Article published in New England Journal of Medicine

overstates emergency room (ER) visits associated with dietary supplements. Study also shows supplements are relatively safe compared to other product categories.

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AHPA urges USP to use more precise terminology in proposed general chapter

AHPA Update

AHPA expresses concern that USP's proposal confuses unlawful misbranded drugs with legal dietary supplements
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AHPA Revises Guidance on Prop 65 Warnings for Pulegone

Does Naturally Occurring Pulegone Represent 'Exposure' Under CA Prop 65?

AHPA has updated guidance to help members understand and comply with California Proposition 65 requirements when selling products that contain pulegone, a ketonic monoterpene that is a naturally present constituent in various plant species, including mints.
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Limitations of DNA testing for botanical identification

DNA analysis can generate false negative results due to the normal and expected lack of DNA in some processed herbal ingredients

The statement provides the view of the American Herbal Products Association of the current state of the science of the use of DNA barcoding as a technique for authenticating the identity of herbal materials for this purpose and is intended to explain any misunderstandings that may arise out of the March 30 agreement as to the currently limited applicability of this analytical technique.
Author: AHPA Staff
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Whitepaper on DNA barcode testing reveals how misapplication of science led to baseless results

The Capabilities and Limitations of DNA Barcode Testing

A comprehensive analysis of DNA barcode testing on botanical dietary supplements has called conclusions reached by the New York Attorney General’s (NY AG) office in an investigation of four major retailers of botanical supplements, a “…misuse of the technologies” that led to a “…misinterpretation of test results.”
Author: AHPA Staff
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Free online lecture -- Clinically Relevant Herb-Drug Interactions: Past, Present, and Future (NCCAM)

Free online lecture -- Clinically Relevant Herb-Drug Interactions: Past, Present, and Future (NCCAM)

Author: AHPA Staff
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Boldo extract has potent anti-urease activity and anti-adherent effect against H. pylori, a cause of stomach ulcers and increased cancer risk (Phyto. Res)

Author: AHPA Staff
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