New Website from Lifetime Health Australia Supports Production of Australian-Made Health Supplements
Instead, the supplements were made of powdered weeds or fillers like rice and soybean, which were used to dilute other supplements that did contain some of the plant listed on the label. Echinacea Some widely used remedies including St. John’s wort and echinacea were diluted or replaced with plants that had side effects including nausea and flatulence, or that could be deadly to people with nut allergies, the researchers found. Consumer advocates-and even groups representing the $5 billion-a-year supplement industry-say it’s time for tighter regulation. “If you had a child who was sick and 3 out of 10 penicillin pills were fake, everybody would be up in arms,” complains a researcher whose study last year uncovered similar levels of fakery.
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Vitamins: Too much of a not-so-good thing?
Director of Lifetime Health Australia, Antony Adare said Our pharmaceutical services division makes manufacturing in Australia simple and accessible to international suppliers, and our new website opens it up to the world. The new website offers local and off-shore suppliers a range of options to develop and produce their own natural health products, with the prestige of being Australian-Made. The regulatory requirements of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration and the associated production processes guarantee a superior quality product than is available in many parts of the world. International suppliers seek Australian-Made health products because the quality and integrity of the products are unparalleled, said Mr Adare. Lifetime Pharmaceutical Services has already assisted the manufacture of Australian-Made supplements for clients from Vietnam, Korea, Hong Kong, South East Asia and the Middle East.
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“With more than 150 million Americans taking dietary supplements each year, it would be a shame if consumers reading this book mistake the opinion of one doctor for the opinion of the medical community as a whole. It is important for consumers to have an open dialogue with their health care practitioners about their dietary supplement regimens, and hopefully this book won’t deter them from doing so.” The abundance of strong studies on the harmful effects of megavitamins suggests to Offit that these supplements are worse than Vioxx. That was an anti-inflammatory drug that its manufacturer, Merck, voluntarily withdrew from the market in 2004 after evidence emerged of its harm to the heart in some people. “I think if vitamins were a regulated industry, you could argue that megavitamins would have a black box warning on them,” he told CNN. Because the industry is not regulated, Offit said, no one knows if alternative remedies are actually the same, or have a standard concentration, from batch to batch. No safety or efficacy data is available, either, the way there is with pharmaceuticals regulated by the U.S.
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