In the world of pharmaceuticals, there’s a lot of buzz about the promise of an oil or a pill.
But as the term “herbal” is slowly gaining traction as an umbrella term for different medicines, we’re beginning to see a trend toward more generic versions of the same products that are marketed under the brand names of different brands.
While the name may sound more promising, this may not be good for the health and wellness of people.
The “Herbal” brand name is so popular that there are over 100 herbal medicine manufacturers, and many of them have different brand names that could confuse consumers and potentially increase the risk of allergic reactions, the CDC reported.
“There’s an increasing number of companies that are marketing their herbal products as generic and have different product names that they’re trying to sell,” Dr. John Aylward, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Medicinal Products at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, told FoxNews.com.
“So the consumer is really confused, and if they’re allergic to one brand of medicine, they may be allergic to the other.
The brand name may not tell you which product is better.”
It’s an increasingly common problem for consumers and physicians, who say they’ve heard of cases of allergic reaction after taking herbal medicines.
“The main reason I think there’s this confusion is because of the brand name,” Aylwards said.
“Many times, people have to go and go and buy something, and they have to pay more, and then the medicine they get is not the same as the one they had before.
And there are no standards for what constitutes a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ brand name. “
I’m hearing from patients, patients that have had allergic reactions after using a different brand of herbal medicine than they normally would.
And there are no standards for what constitutes a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ brand name.
The fact that you can’t tell which brand is the ‘best’ is a real issue.
There’s a big risk of developing an allergic reaction, even if you don’t have an allergy.”
The CDC said there have been reports of allergic symptoms in children who have used a generic version of a medicine called “avocado oil,” which is made by a Chinese company and has been used by millions of people worldwide.
“A large number of allergic events have been reported after using this brand of oil, which is a brand name of a natural product,” Dr, Michael Sperling, a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told ABC News.
“These are serious allergic reactions that can be life-threatening.
So the safety and efficacy of this product, which has been shown to be safe and effective, needs to be reviewed and monitored carefully.”
He also noted that the term herbal medicine “has been used in the context of some of the newer, generic versions that are on the market.
These new versions are not as well-studied, have not been studied in the same way as the older versions that have been available for many years, and are less well-tolerated.”
Aylards warning is not unique.
There are over 4,000 herbal medicines currently on the FDA’s list of drugs that are approved for use by people with certain conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, the report said.
Many of these products were developed by companies such as Bayer and Merck, but the CDC noted that some of these companies have also marketed their products as prescription-only.
Dr. Sperlings prescription-prescription list includes about 100 herbal medicines, including herbal teas and remedies, but he added that some companies have been sued for patent infringement.
“It’s an important warning that you should never trust a brand, and you should always ask your doctor before using a brand.
And if you’re going to use a brand that you’ve never heard of, you should be very, very careful,” he said.
As for the FDA, they have taken steps to address the issue by establishing the new “Regulatory Advisory Committee on Herbal Medicines.”
Dr. Ayls list of herbal medicines was compiled by the FDA to help determine the best options for consumers.
The committee is comprised of experts from the drug and medical industries and is expected to report back in December.
While herbal medicine products may not offer any added benefit, they could help people reduce the risk for allergic reactions.
“One of the most important things is the fact that the products that we’re recommending are safe and they’re effective and they’ve been shown in clinical studies,” Alyssa Aylard, vice president for public affairs and communications at the National Herbal Products Association, told The Washington Post.
“That’s what makes them really important.
It’s not just about the brand, it’s about the safety.”