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  1. #1 Adverse reactions of natural health products/drugs under-rep 
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    Jun 2007
    People look at suppliments as natural and therefore safe and that is not always the case. I remember a bunch of reports about St. John's Wort interacting with heart medications.

    Contact: Bev Betkowski
    University of Alberta

    Adverse reactions of natural health products/drugs under-reported, study shows

    The adverse effects of using prescription drugs side by side with natural health products (NHP) are being under-reported, so the potential risks may be underestimated by health-care professionals and the public, a study from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada shows.

    A literature review and survey of 132 pharmacists revealed that while 47 per cent reported that they had encountered a patient with a suspected adverse event, only 1.5 per cent reported this to Health Canada. In contrast, 19 per cent of the pharmacists had reported adverse reactions to prescription or non-prescription drugs.

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