Around a quarter of all prescription drugs sold in the United
States, Canada and Europe contain active ingredients derived from
plants, claims a new report. Global over-the-counter sales of
plant-derived drugs are estimated at $40...
The health unit of speciality chemicals manufacturer Croda
Chemicals Europe is to expand lipid production in the UK, following
increased market demand for high purity, high potency lipids in
nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals, it...
A Hebrew University parasitologist claims to have shown that a
natural head lice remedy is more effective than the commonly-used
conventional medication. The study is published in the October
issue of the Journal of the Israel Medical...
Evolutec, the British biotechnology company which develops novel
therapeutic products from parasites, is to begin Phase I and II
clinical trials with rEV131, its treatment for allergic and
Cannabis-based medicine could be on the UK market as early as 2003,
according to GW Pharmaceuticals, the UK company developing
cannabis-based prescription medicines, which this week released
results from four Phase III clinical trials.
Washington-based biopharmaceutical company SCOLR has said that it
has completed a biotrial providing Proof of Concept for its Self
Correcting Oral Linear Release drug delivery systems in human
A new information sheet for British pharmacists detailing the
interactions of St Johns Wort with prescribed medicines has been
published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain this
A tropical daisy could be the answer for patients with skin
disorders, according to research presented at the British
Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester, England this week.
Researchers hope that the plant, which is a traditional...
Canada's Health Food Association (CHFA) has called the national ban
on the sale of kava products 'completely unacceptable', and urged
the health department to follow the cautionary labelling practice
of the US.
A medical expert has said that the recent calls to review the
herbal supplement ephedra are "unfounded". Dr Steven Karch claimed
that the health reports logged by Metabolife contain 'insubstantial
US researchers are developing a marijuana-derived synthetic
compound to relieve pain and inflammation without the mood-altering
side-effects associated with other marijuana-based drugs.
Scientists believe that the drug could eventually...
A clinical trial featuring Menotab, the herbal formula produced by
Himalaya USA, has shown that the product can help alleviate the
symptoms of the menopause, good news for women in the light of
recent revelations about the dangers...
Australian research company Prana Biotechnology has revealed
successful interim results of its Alzheimer's drug PBT-1,
Iodochlorhydroxyquin at the 7th International Geneva/Springfield
Symposium on Advances in Alzheimer Therapy...
The active ingredients of St John's wort, a herb commonly used to
treat mild depression, are in doubt after US research revealed that
one of them is contained in such small quantities in some brands of
the drug that it is ineffective.
Safety fears over Chinese herbal medicines increased this week
after potentially toxic substances were found in a slimming remedy
sold in the UK. Two people had to be treated for severe
side-effects after taking a cocktail of remedies.
Research suggesting that teenagers who use herbal products are more
likely to go on to use drugs such as cigarettes, alcohol and
narcotics has met with an angry response from the herbal products
A major new survey of supplement users in the US carried out by
ConsumerLab.com has highlighted some interesting facts - not least
that many supplement users are afraid of the safety and possible
side effects of prescription drug...
Swiss drug giant Novartis has reported sales of SFr32 billion
(€21.7bn) for 2001, a 14 per cent increase on the previous year.
The company said that sales of its principal pharmaceutical
products were the main drivers of the growth.
A recent survey by the National Consumers League (NCL) in the US
shows that 75% of Americans believe that products labelled
'natural' should contain at least 90% or more natural ingredients
and that 86% of those questioned...