Please login to the form below

Not currently logged in
Email:
Password:

Banned Chinese medicine in the UK

More than 900 packs of a potentially dangerous traditional Chinese medicine are on the UK market despite warnings issued by the MHRA

More than 900 packs of a potentially dangerous traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are currently on the UK market despite warnings issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The unlicensed herbal product - Jingzhi Kesou Tan Chuan Wan - was distributed to 20 TCM and herbal medicine outlets throughout the UK. A recall was initiated by the distributor, Ekong International, in February 2010, however, more than three quarters of the stock brought in from China has still not been returned.

It has been revealed that new labelling in English had been applied to packs to conceal the original label, which contained the Chinese symbols for Aristolochia, a banned toxic and carcinogenic plant derivative.

Exposure to aristolochic acids can result in kidney failure and the development of cancer, particularly of the urinary tract.

The MHRA has written to TCM trade and practitioner associations to ensure that none of their members are supplying the product.

29th March 2010

Share

Featured jobs

Subscribe to our email news alerts

PMHub

Add my company
emotive.

emotive. is an award-winning healthcare communications agency working with leading global and EMEA companies in life sciences including medical device...

Latest intelligence

Ali Frederic Ben-Amor
Tackling a formidable foe
Ali Frederic Ben-Amor tells how Merck is taking the fight to multiple sclerosis...
Geoff
Cancer care – the power of new technologies
With patient numbers set to soar, how can we make a difference?...
image 1
Redefining communications excellence
How to be heard in today’s multichannel, multistakeholder, multimedia world...

Infographics