Consumers of natural health products: natural-born pharmacovigilantes?
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies, February 2010
Rishma Walji, Heather Boon, Joanne Barnes, Zubin Austin, Sandy Welsh, G Ross Baker
Natural health products (NHPs), such as herbal medicines and vitamins, are widely available over-the-counter and are often purchased by consumers without advice from a healthcare provider. This study examined how consumers respond when they believe they have experienced NHP-related adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in order to determine how to improve current safety monitoring strategies.
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