The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has issued a warning over “dangerous” and “false” claims that an unlicensed herbal tablet could be taken as a substitute for prescription diabetes drugs.
The warning relates to Vedagrin, also known as Vendate. Phrases used in the product’s promotional material, such as “say goodbye to your diabetes medication forever”, broke advertising regulations for medicines, the MHRA said.
The agency said it had instructed the product’s manufacturer to halt sale of the product.
MHRA head of policy Richard Woodfield said: “People with diabetes should ignore these advertising claims and continue to take their prescribed medication.
“If these claims are followed, it could have dangerous consequences for people with diabetes.”
Mr Woodfield also advised those buying herbal remedies to ensure either a PL (product license) or THR (traditional herbal registration) number was on the bottom of the product’s package, as this signified the medication had been assessed against quality standards.
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