In article <199507161432.WAA24999 at einstein.technet.sg>,
pohyam at TECHNET.SG says...
>>From the discussions generated from Jay's PCR note, I wonder if a
>regime for alcoholics should get FDA approval to be sold in the US or
>Canada? We have been approach to try FDA approval for a Chinese herbal
>for alcoholism. My main concern is that some herbal components may not
>defined in specific terms. Could anyone tell me?
Getting the FDA to approve a herbal cure would be difficult because the
herbal mixture is undefined. You would have to know the which are the
active ingredients. In addition, approval will be more difficult to
obtain if more than one ingredient is involved.
Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are very interested in
traditional medicine. However, the raw materials are only starting
points. They pursue the active ingredient, purify it, and use it for
Jack H. Pincus
jhpincus at cris.com