Herbal Medicine: Chaos in the Marketplace

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This book is an insightful and much-needed critique of the United States' herbal medicine industry and the U.S. government's regulatory policy. Herbal Medicine: Chaos in the Marketplace is the first book to tell the story of how the present business and regulation situation developed and what it means for consumers. It compares the U.S. approach with those of other industrialized countries and makes suggestions for future improvements in U.S. policy. This unique reference provides convenient tables that provide easy access to specific information.
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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Overview
  • The Dilemma
  • Purpose of This Book
  • Part II. Review of Regulations
  • Chapter 2. United States
  • History of Regulation of Botanicals
  • Current Legal Classification of Botanicals
  • Current Regulation and Surveillance of Botanicals
  • Chapter 3. Canada
  • Legal Classification
  • Proof of Safety and Efficacy
  • Manufacturing Standards
  • Labeling, Advertising, Distribution, and Retail Sale
  • Postmarket Safety and Surveillance
  • Chapter 4. Germany
  • Legal Classification
  • Proof of Safety and Efficacy
  • Manufacturing Standards
  • Labeling, Advertising, Distribution, and Retail Sale
  • Postmarket Safety and Surveillance
  • Chapter 5. France
  • Legal Classification
  • Proof of Safety and Efficacy
  • Manufacturing Standards
  • Labeling, Advertising, Distribution, and Retail Sale
  • Postmarket Safety and Surveillance
  • Chapter 6. United Kingdom
  • Legal Classification
  • Proof of Safety and Efficacy
  • Manufacturing Standards
  • Labeling, Advertising, Distribution, and Retail Sale
  • Postmarket Safety and Surveillance
  • Chapter 7. Summary of International Regulatory Review
  • Part III. Illustrative Examples
  • Chapter 8. Examples with Potential Public Health Benefits
  • St. John’s Wort and Moderate Depression
  • Ginkgo and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Echinacea and the Common Cold
  • Chapter 9. Examples That Present Public Health Risks
  • Ephedra
  • Adulteration Case Report
  • Comfrey
  • Part IV. Analysis of Current and Potential Impact on Public Health
  • Chapter 10. Safety
  • Absence of Premarket Approval
  • Postmarket Surveillance
  • Chapter 11. Research
  • Patent Protection
  • Product-Specific Research by Manufacturers
  • Government Research Funding
  • Epidemiological Research
  • Chapter 12. Clinical Practice, Managed Care, and Health Insurance
  • Education of Medical Professionals
  • Coordination of Treatment
  • Access to Botanical Treatment
  • Opportunities for Cost Savings
  • Chapter 13. Consumer Interests
  • Consumers As a Political Force
  • Sorting Through the Morass
  • Chapter 14. The Role of Business, Media, and the Government
  • The Role of Business and Marketing
  • The Role of Media
  • The Role of the Federal Government
  • Part V. Conclusion
  • Chapter 15. Summary and Recommendations
  • Summary of Findings
  • Recommendations
  • Appendix A. U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994
  • Appendix B. Recommendations of the Canadian Standing Committee on Health
  • Appendix C. Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Notes
  • Index
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