Threat herbal medicine: is herbal medicine — fake

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MOSCOW, 27 Jun — RIA Novosti, Alfia Enikeeva. Cheap herbal «medicines» from the Internet can be hazardous to health. But says nothing about the true composition of unscrupulous manufacturers put a potent substance. RIA Novosti says why should not be treated unregistered drugs.

Internet drugs

The Ministry is currently undertaking the test drug «Valsartan», the active substance which is produced by Chinese company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals («Zhejiang Huahai pharmaceuticals»). According to the European Agency of medicines (EMA), took the decision to withdraw this drug, it is found N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is considered a probable carcinogen.

Roszdravnadzor examines only drugs dispensed through network pharmacies, registration of biologically active additives (BAA) — the area of responsibility of the CPS. However, in the free market and especially the trading web sites a lot of so called «natural» drugs that have not passed through the regulators.

Cheap and dangerous

«In early may, the mother of my patient suffering from an adult form of atopic dermatitis, asked if I had heard about a Chinese ointment. She had read good reviews about it, tried it and got a wonderful result: a rash went away immediately. Ointment worth a penny, unlike good emollients and steroid creams. I looked at the composition, it is in English — there is only ointment base and herbs. But when I entered the drug name into a search engine, mixed with aggressive advertising dropped warnings the British medicines regulator MAHR, as well as dermatological and educational sites, in a voice which said: don’t use ointment, it’s dangerous!» says RIA Novosti Sergei Butry, a pediatrician from Ivanovo, a leading educational blog devoted to the issues of vaccination and evidence-based medicine.

According to MAHR (The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), in this «miraculous» cheap ointment contains the steroid clobetasol propionate, uncontrolled use causes skin atrophy, perioral dermatitis and other side effects common to steroid drugs. In addition, the ointment found two antifungal component that provoke heart failure. All three substances on the packaging is not a word.

Among the allegedly natural products that you can buy online with home delivery, tablets for babies, masking the pain when they’re teething. They claimed as homeopathic (in fact, a dummy), but they discovered large doses of belladonna, are significantly above those indicated in the instructions. In the United States after several deaths had been banned and removed from production. However, the released parties are not seized.

Folk medicine on steroids

On the package of medicines sold in Russia, specified registration number that you can check whether this drug in the State register of medicines or on the website of Rospotrebnadzor, if it is BAD. Otherwise, the state does not guarantee their safety.

The producers of «miracle drugs» do not like to fully disclose their composition. In 2016, several SUPPLEMENTS that improve the potency in men, the CPS discovered the drug substance tadalafil, created for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Manufacturers were assured that the medicines contain substances of plant origin, which coincides with a number of parameters with tadalafilum, and the very substance they are not.


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This trick is quite common. For example, some representatives of traditional Chinese medicine claim that the substances contained in natural raw materials, of which made medicinal ointments, by the action similar to steroids. However, the Singapore scientists have shown that scientific data is not enough. Moreover, traditional medicines of herbal experts often reveal large doses of hormones. Such treatment is fraught with unpleasant consequences — for example, patients with diabetes develops Cushing’s syndrome.

«We doctors have nothing against steroid and antifungal agents appointed by them in certain situations and watch for side effects. But for this we need to know what substance and at what concentrations they contain. The manufacturer declaring their product «natural herbal medicine» and shunt him aggressive ingredients should be devoid of any confidence immediately, and ideally prosecuted» — sums up Sergey Butry.