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Lessons in herb safety from The Cleveland Clinic Chinese Herbal Medicine Program

Lessons in herb safety from The Cleveland Clinic Chinese Herbal Medicine Program

Clinic reports only six mild adverse events since 2014

Nationally board-certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist at the Cleveland Clinic Galina Roofener shared safety data and lessons learned from the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute’s Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCHM) Program at her keynote delivered at the American Herbal Products Association’s (AHPA’s) 7th Annual Botanical Congress presented on Nov. 10 in Las Vegas at the SupplySide West trade show.

Dietary Supplement Trade Associations Warn Consumers of Dangerous Substance Illegally Posing as a Dietary Supplement

Supplement industry sounds the alarm about the dangers of “phenibut,” a substance being illegally marketed in products fraudulently labeled as dietary supplements

Developed and used as a drug in the former Soviet Union for its supposed brain-enhancing properties, phenibut is not approved as a drug in the United States, nor does it meet the regulatory requirements to be sold in, or as, a dietary supplement. The ingredient should be considered dangerous, and has been associated with potentially serious side effects and great risk for addiction.

AHPA corrects JAMA article that misidentifies illegal drugs as dietary supplements

Products adulterated with undeclared drugs are not dietary supplements

In a letter to the editor submitted to JAMA Open Network, American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin stressed that the herbal products industry shares concerns about unapproved drugs masquerading as dietary supplements, as outlined in a recent article, but also highlighted that the authors mislead readers by failing to make a clear distinction between unlawful, misbranded drugs and legal dietary supplements.

AHPA launches sustainability subcommittee, formalizing ongoing efforts

Subcommittee to further AHPA’s ongoing efforts to ensure sustainable supplies of valuable botanicals

AHPA's Botanical Raw Materials Committee has launched a Sustainability Subcommittee to further AHPA’s ongoing efforts to ensure sustainable supplies of valuable botanicals. The subcommittee will be a vehicle for increasing awareness of sustainability issues and best practices, provide a forum to discuss and develop industry-wide standards, and promote existing sustainability initiatives throughout the industry.

Arizona Board of Pharmacy reportedly considers most dietary supplements to be nonprescription drugs

Board is pushing supplement companies that sell in the state to register as "wholesaler of nonprescription drugs"

The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy recently began interpreting its authority in a manner that implies that virtually every company that manufacturers or sells dietary supplements in the state will need to register as a nonprescription drug facility. If the board is successful and persistent in this approach, it could significantly disrupt dietary supplement business in the state.

AHPA requests pullulan be allowed in dietary supplement products labeled as organic

AHPA supports petition submitted by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) to request that pullulan be added to the National List

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted comments yesterday to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to request that pullulan continue to be allowed to be used in encapsulated herbs marketed as “made with organic [specified ingredients or food group(s)]” under the National Organic Program (NOP).

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA October 2018 Newsflash

This issue of the IADSA Newsflash includes an update on Italy's revised Plants Decree which now provides a single positive list of plants for use in food supplements

FWS issues general advice for 2018 wild and wild-simulated American ginseng harvest

Legal harvest of wild ginseng roots will not be detrimental to the survival of the species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued general advice on Sept. 26 for wild and wild-simulated American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) for the 2018 harvest season in 19 states and the Menominee Indian Tribe in Wisconsin.

How to Submit an NDI Notification Without Objection

Attendees receive complementary access to AHPA's NDI Database

Attend this webinar to learn how to successfully traverse the NDI notification process and avoid common pitfalls that can result in FDA objections.

Saw palmetto berry 2018 mid-season harvest report

Saw palmetto berry 2018 mid-season harvest report

Excess rain limits supply and drives up prices

The harvest season began in early August in Florida and the total berry harvest for the season will not be known until the first week of October, but buyers in the market say they are already revising their expectations for the 2018 harvest volume.
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