Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Herb and drug mix alert

Millions may be taking potentially dangerous combinations of herbal and conventional medicines, pharmacists have warned.

Researchers told the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Harrogate many people do not view herbal remedies as medicines.

Two thirds did not admit to taking herbal medicines when they collected prescriptions.

Pharmacists said more awareness was needed of the risks of combining drugs and remedies. ยด

Researchers from the Department of Pharmacy at Kings College, London, questioned 929 people visiting four pharmacies in West London in the study.

They found that, even when people were asked what medicines they were taking, 41% did not mention herbal remedies because they did not class them as medicines.

Source BBC News

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