by John Weeks, Publisher Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports Herb organization enters into Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia dispute over banning herbal medicinesThe headline in the November 2013 Report from the American Herbal Products Association’s was “AHPA provides accurate supplement

by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports 

Herb organization enters into Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia dispute over banning herbal medicines

The headline in the November 2013 Report from the American Herbal Products Association’s was “AHPA provides accurate supplement information to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia” (CHOP). The AHPA intervention followed action by Sarah Erush, PharmD, BCPS, CHOP’s pharmacy clinical manager and a member of the hospital’s Therapeutic Standards Committee to utterly ban dietary supplements. The action was reportedly the first of its kind nationally. AHPA president Michael McGuffin followed up with a letter that argued that the industry is not without regulation. He argued that “simply removing these popular vitamins and supplements from the CHOP Formulary is unlikely to eliminate unintended drug interactions with dietary supplements.” He adds: “A more effective approach would be to educate staff and patients about the benefits and risks of drugs and supplements so patients have informed and safe access to the broadest selection of health care options.” 

Comment: Great to see McGuffin and AHPA active on this. One wonders what actions would be taken by Erush were she an equal opportunity banner? What if banning of drugs or supplements was directly correlated to actual damage done by their respective products? McGuffin smartly sent Erush a complimentary subscription to online version of AHPA’s Botanical Safety Handbook. No sign that Erush, or CHOP, are budging. Who gives out head-in-the-sand awards? We may have a winner. 

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