The use of herbal medicines in Australia has been banned since 2003 under a Federal Government regulation, but a growing number of people are using them without a licence.
Key points: Health experts are worried about herbal medicine’s potential for addiction and harm to the human body and the environmentSources: ABC News, Health Minister, Government, Health and Ageing, Government website, Federal Government website article An Australian researcher has been able to identify a new herbal medicine that can cause skin and skin-related complications in patients with inflammatory conditions, according to the Federal Government.
Key points: Herbal medicines have long been used in Australia as a way to treat a wide range of conditions and symptomsDr Richard Johnson, who was part of a team that found the herbal medicine in Australia, said it had been used for decades and was widely used by people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
“We were hoping that there might be some indication that it might be used to treat conditions that were quite different, such as inflammatory bowel,” Dr Johnson told the ABC.
“It’s quite common that you might find that a new drug is developed that has an inflammatory component that we’re just not aware of.”
What we were looking for was a new, novel compound that was quite specific for the inflammatory bowel disorder.
“Dr Johnson said that there had been some reports of patients using it for a range of inflammatory conditions including Crohn’s disease and Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis and ulcer cancer.”
I’m aware of a number of patients that were using it in relation to Crohn and ulcers and ulterative colposcopy,” he said.”
One patient had ulcer type colitis with a bowel obstruction.
“There were reports of people using it to treat inflammatory bowel conditions in relation a range for Crohn.”
Dr Brown said the new compound that Dr Johnson identified was called “Bryllium”, and was not approved for use in Australia.
“The new compounds we’re finding are different to the old compounds that we’ve been using for over 20 years, which are known to cause skin-like reactions in patients, and that we haven’t been able yet to do a drug screening,” he told the BBC.
“But I think the reason why it’s such a problem is because we’ve not had a drug to look at it.”
If you take a drug out of a drug testing program, you’re not going to find a drug that’s the same as a drug tested before.
“Dr King said that the new drug would have a high risk of toxicity and abuse.”
We don’t know whether or not it’s going to cause a reaction, and so we’ve got to be very cautious about the use of this compound,” he explained.”
People have had some serious reactions in Australia that have gone on for months.”‘
It’s really important that we get to the bottom of this issue’The Government has announced a $1.9 million reward for information leading to the identification of a new and more dangerous herbal medicine.
The Australian Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (AMHPRAA) has released a report titled “Regulatory implications of a herbal medicine (Herbalism) identified in the Western Australian market”.”
The report also highlights the need for the Government to develop and implement a regulatory framework to ensure that this herbal medicine is available safely and that it is not abused,” it said.
Dr Johnson has already spoken to Health Minister Scott Morrison and the Health Minister for Health, James Merlino, about the new herbal drug.”
They’ve said they want to work with us to develop a regulatory structure and get it through,” he says.”
And so I’m hoping that we’ll have some progress on that very soon.
“Dr Martin said the Government’s response was a “step in the right direction”.”
We are in the middle of a lot of research into herbal medicine,” he added.”
This is not a new substance, and it’s not a completely new chemical.
“So I think we have to continue to be on the lookout for new substances, and to be vigilant about the safety of those substances and not use them for the reasons they’re being used now.”