There are liability
issues associated with the regulation and use of herbal products.
Before you decide to use an herbal remedy, there are several important
issues related to regulation, labeling and use.
The FDA does not approve
herbal products as medications. They are classified as dietary
Herbs cannot be patented. Therefore, drug manufacturers have little incentive to
invest in clinical research studies.
The only legal
requirement is in labeling herbal remedies or marketing herbal remedies
is the sale of such products can not be promoted as
preventing or treating disease.
The FDA issued under the
Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act of 1994 allows these products
to be labeled with statements explaining their purported effects on the
structure or function of the human body or their role in promoting
There are a wide range
of dosages and prices of herbal products.
There is a lack of quality
standards and controls.
Most medical insurance
policies do not cover alternative therapies, although coverage for this
has increased in recent years.
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