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Health 22 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Quality assurance

SINCE time immemorial, herbs have been used by man for the relief of various ailments and the maintenance of health and general well-being. A vast amount of useful information on the therapeutic uses of herbs has been accumulated and preserved by various cultures around the world.

Health 08 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Regulating supplements

The regulation of pharmaceutical products is based on evidence of quality, safety and efficacy. For the development of a new pharmaceutical product, the whole gamut of pharmacological and toxicological tests, clinical trials and registration protocol may take up to 10 years or more and costs hundreds of millions of dollars.

Lifestyle 26 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Herbal booster

The Kacip Fatimah is a small plant, but it is reputed to have numerous uses, including increasing a woman#8217;s libido. For the first time, a clinical trial funded by the government and involving several universities and research institutes is being conducted to verify the efficacy of the traditional herbal medicine.

Health 25 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Herbal law

Herbal and nutritional supplements feature a broad range of numerous different food and medicinal products. With so much at stake and so much diversity in regulation, there is a need for some form of control, at least in terms of quality and safety, if not efficacy.

Health 11 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Registration works

To know if health supplements have been registered with the DCA, it should have registration numbers that start with PBKD or MAL printed on its label.

Health 11 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Essence of quality control

What is involved in manufacturing herbal supplement?s HOOI YOU CHING looks at the issue in light of the recall of health supplements in Malaysia manufactured and supplied by Pan Pharmaceuticals Limited.

Health 11 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Possible loopholes

Unlike pharmaceutical products which usually contain a single active entity, herbal products contain a complex mixture of ingredients, many of which have not even been identified.

Nation 01 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Government orders recall of 346 health products

The Health Ministry has ordered the recall of 346 health products and supplements with immediate effect following the licence suspension of Australia#8217;s largest contract manufacturer of such products #8211; Pan Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Health 27 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Choosing your health supplement

There is a growing trend to consume health and nutritional supplements to maintain health and general wellbeing. For a person who has never taken health supplements before, it's not uncommon to be confused by the wide range and variety of health products available on the shelves in a pharmacy or Chinese medical hall.

Health 30 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Herbal dilemmas

HERBAL medicine has been practised for thousands of years. It offers hope for conditions as varied as the common cold, depression and Alzheimer#8217;s disease. As more and more research and clinical studies become available, increasing numbers of health care professionals are beginning to recommend herbal treatments for their patients.