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Soho Floridis poised to acquire Potters

Soho Flordis International (SFI), through its Swiss subsidiary company Ginsana SA, is poised to acquire Potters – the leading UK manufacturer and supplier of traditional herbal treatments – from Vifor Pharma, part of the Galenica Group. Wigan-based Potters has more than 200 years of history as a producer of herbal-based treatments and is the UK’s oldest […]

December 2, 2015 Continue Reading
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Prince’s intervention may have delayed Herbal Directive

Private memos written by the Prince of Wales to Tony Blair and members of the Labour government suggest that the Prince’s intervention on herbal regulation may have led to delays in Britain implementing the EU Herbal Directive. Some of the correspondence between Prince Charles and ministers, written during 2004-2005 (the so-called ‘black spider memos’), was […]

May 14, 2015 Continue Reading
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Scientists call for herbal supplements certification system

Two prominent plant scientists are calling for a formal certification system for herbal food supplements. Professor Michael Heinrich and Dr Anthony Booker, from the UCL School of Pharmacy, made the call at last weekend’s Natural & Organic Products Europe, where they presented research they have been conducting into popular three medicinal herbs – saw palmetto, […]

April 26, 2015 Continue Reading

MHRA steps up herbal dangers message

The Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a new warning about the dangers of buying unregulated herbal medicines. Just days after the sell-through period for unlicensed herbal medicines ended (1 May) under the terms of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive, the Agency warned about the risks of buying “toxic” herbal products […]

May 9, 2014 Continue Reading

MHRA releases latest final determinations list

As the May 1 deadline for the removal from sale of unlicensed herbal medicines approaches the MHRA has released its latest batch of product determinations. The latest Final Determinations list is the result of investigations of 32 products. Four black cohosh products, three milk thistle products and two St John’s Wort products are among those […]

March 11, 2014 Continue Reading

Retailers told “stop selling unlicensed herbs by April 2014”

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a final cut-off date for the ‘sell through’ of unlicensed herbal medicines. The Agency announced yesterday (20 November) that from April 30 2014 retailers will longer be able to sell unlicensed herbal medicines that are not registered under the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme in […]

November 22, 2013 Continue Reading
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What’s the future for botanicals?

Industry interest in botanicals has been running at an all time high over the last couple of years. With the huge costs and technical burden of the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme, ushered in by the EU Herbal Directive (THMPD), a re-classification as ‘botanical’ represents for many the best hope for keeping the widest possible […]

November 11, 2012 Continue Reading
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