Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Health Canada faces huge backlog in the licensing of natural health products

From the Toronto Star:
An estimated 20 per cent of Canadians regularly use natural remedies because they believe they are safer than man-made pharmaceuticals, according to David Bailey, a clinical pharmacologist at the University of Western Ontario.

"That is simply not true," he says. "Many of our most potent medications and toxic substances are derived from plants."

Health Canada tries to keep up with new products through its Natural Health Products Directorate. Products that meet the agency's criteria for safety, efficacy and quality get a licence and an eight-digit Natural Product Number. All 50,000 natural health products for sale in Canada must have an NPN by 2010. ...more

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