oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - A word in you ear : letter from the editor

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



Recently, considerable coverage has been given to complementary medicines in the media. Itâ??s really frightening when you read stories such as the one that appeared in the . The headline was : "Herbal pills poison girls". When several teenage girls and a parent were hospitalised with lead poisoning, it was found that they had all used a particular herbal product to treat acne. It claimed to contain zinc as the active ingredient, but on testing, it was found to contain excessive quantities of lead which can damage the brain, central nervous system, kidneys and reproductive system.

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