The UK medicines regulator is upping the ante against illegal weight loss products Image: MHRA

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UK launches campaign against fake weight loss pills

By Shane Starling

The UK medicines agency is warning people – especially young women – off buying weight loss pills and supplements, most of which it says are unlicensed and potentially dangerous to health.

Alliance for Natural Health International:

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UK medicines regulator slams door on herbal food supplements

By Shane Starling at #FIE2013 in Frankfurt, Germany

Botanical food supplements deemed medicinal have less than six months to achieve herbal medicines status or be removed from shelves in the UK – but the sector says the law remains unclear.

Black cohosh. Up to 30% of products labelled as black cohosh may be adulterated

“Cowboy sector” blamed for black cohosh problems


Last week’s warning from the UK medicines regulator that menopausal herb black cohosh must carry warnings about potential liver problems is not a problem of the mainstream food supplements sector, says the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH).

UK herb player refutes echinacea allergy ruling

UK herb player refutes echinacea allergy ruling

By Shane Starling

UK-based herbal supplements manufacturer A. Vogel says a recent medicines agency ruling that anti-cold and flu herb echinacea should not be sold to children under the age of 12 was based on outdated data.

Jacked in: The game is up for DMAA products like Jack3D in the UK

UK wins Jack3D appeal and bans DMAA

By Shane Starling

The UK has ended months of ambiguity by banning controversial stimulant DMAA, after its medicines agency won an appeal against a retailer of the most popular brand – USPlabs’ Jack3D.

UK food agency warns against DMAA

UK food agency warns against DMAA (but medicines agency has final say)

By Shane Starling

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned consumers off pre-workout supplements containing the stimulant DMAA, in reaction to adverse events reported from around the world. But it says the medicines agency must determine if it is an illegal drug or...

Raw goldenseal root (Hydrastis canadensis) - not the same as Golden root (Rhodiola rosea)

Holland and Barrett pulls Echinacea herbal blend for kids

By Shane Starling

The UK medicines regulator has slapped Holland and Barrett, the country’s biggest supplements and health product retailer, for carrying a mislabelled and unlicensed herbal supplement aimed at children.

Retailer: “Jack3d was the first product we were told to remove.

MHRA: DMAA source is not important

By Shane Starling

The UK medicines regulator says the plant or synthetic origin of DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine or methylhexaneamine) is irrelevant as its investigations into the disputed sports and weight loss supplement stimulant deepen.

Safer Herbal Medicines Campaign: “We did not enlist academics”

Safer Herbal Medicines Campaign: “We did not enlist academics”

By Shane Starling

The six-week-old, UK-based Safer Herbal Medicines Campaign (SHMC) denies encouraging herbal academics to write to members of parliament and policy makers urging a botanical food supplement crackdown, as a debate over how to regulate herbal products heats...

Weight loss is never easy especailly when palpitations, gastritis, abdominal pain and insomnia are part of the package

UK warns against herbal weight loss supplement

By Shane Starling

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning against a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) after adverse reactions indicated it contained an unauthorised, unspecified pharma ingredient.

Brain claims are OK, says ASA

Vitamin-herb brain claims are ok, finds UK authority

By Shane Starling

The UK branch of German pharma player Boehringer Ingelheim has had brain health adverts for a vitamin-based medicine backed by local watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).


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