ConsumerLab.com, the independent tester of health and nutrition products, has signed an agreement with HealthGate Data Corporation, the publisher of The Natural Pharmacist, an electronic encyclopedia and database of supplements and herbs.
"The Natural Pharmacist perfectly complements our mission to identify the best quality health and nutrition products through independent testing," said Tod Cooperman, president of ConsumerLab.com.
"Our subscribers can now use TNP to learn whether a natural product is right for them and then access ConsumerLab.com's product reviews to see which brands are best. With its comprehensive, up-to-date and easy-to-understand information on natural health products, TNP meets our tough standards for unbiased, high-integrity and evidence-based information."
Following the agreement between the two companies, subscribers to ConsumerLab.com will have be able to access TNP's information on vitamins, supplements and natural health remedies, and access its database of interactions between herbal and traditional drugs.
Bill Reece, HealthGate's CEO, said:"By offering subscribers access to TNP's unbiased information, ConsumerLab.com is helping to arm consumers and health professionals alike with the tools they need to make informed choices about alternative and natural health resources."
Reece said that more information herbal products - especially when taken in conjunction with traditional drugs - was vital for consumer safety. He cited recent statistics which showed that around 50 per cent of Americans purchase herbal supplements although more than 70 per cent of them never mention their use of these supplements to their physicians, potentially increasing health risks.