2013 Winter Lecture 6: Safety of herbal medicines: from patient to population Event as iCalendar

27 August 2013

1 - 2pm

Venue: Maidment Theatre, 8 Alfred Street, City Campus

Speaker : Associate Professor Jo Barnes PhD MRPharmS RegPharmNZ FLS

Herbal and other ‘natural’ medicines are chemically rich complex mixtures, and many have toxic constituents, and/or contain compounds that can interact with conventional drugs. Recent safety concerns with herbal medicines include adverse liver reactions associated with black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) and interactions between St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) and certain prescription medicines. Problems can also arise because of the use of poor-quality herbal products.

It is important to monitor the safety of herbal medicines to identify safety concerns as early as possible. Methods used for safety surveillance (pharmacovigilance) of conventional pharmaceutical medicines are used for pharmacovigilance of herbal medicines, but have important limitations for this class of product. Current and future approaches to safety monitoring for herbal medicines will be discussed.

Cost: Admission is free and open to the public. No bookings required.

Contact info: For further information phone 373 7599 ext 87698