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Adulterated herbal medicines

■ Adulteration: "the addition of an impure or inferior component not ordinarily part of that substance; or removal of a crucial entity; usually used to imply that a substance is debased (desecrated) as a result." [Miller LG, Hume A, Harris IM et al. Adulteration: its various meanings. Pharmacotherapy.2001; 21:770-1]

■ Adulterated herbal medicines: herbal medicines which contain intentionally added undeclared chemical substances which are not linked to presence of naturally occurring substances associated with certain herbs of other ingredientof herbal medicines.

Why adulterated herbal medicines information is needed?

■ Herbal medicines is likely to be neglected in the countries where herbal medicines is not the mainstream treatment.

■ Herbal medicines are considered to have less side effects than western medicines.

■ There are less information regarding the safety and/or adverse effects of herbal medicines.

■ Each member has their own adulterated herbal medicine reports, but not shared by other members.

History of the report of the adulterated herbal medicines in FHH

■ 7th Standing Committee Meeting (26 –27 November 2009)

  • Members agreed to conduct the trial run of reporting adulteration of herbal medicines for 1 year.

■ 8th Standing Committee Meeting (28 –29 October 2010) & 9th Standing Committee Meeting (17 –18 November 2011)

  • Review the reporting system of the adulteration of herbal medicines
  • Enhance the information exchange of adulteration cases amongst FHH members
  • Establish a reporting system as regular basis

■ Proposal for adulterated herbal medicines information in FHH website by NIFDS, Korea (12 Mar 2015)

Purpose of adulterated herbal medicines information in FHH website

  • To advise FHH members about safety information regarding herbal medicines used in the market
  • To provide suggestions for the safety monitoring of herbal medicines in FHH members
  • To provide information related to potential suspected adulterated herbal medicines
  • To easily access on adulterated herbal medicine information for FHH members