Diabetic patients should not stop their medication in order to take some herbal non licensed medicine named as Vedagrin, warned by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) UK.
Vedagrin is continuously advertised with a statement of “say goodbye to your diabetes medication forever” but this medicine has not yet been licensed for the treatment of diabetes. MHRA has warned the respective company to stop the selling of medicine as it has contravened the drug regulations of UK.
Richard Woodfield, MHRA’s Head of Herbal Policy said:
“People with diabetes should ignore these advertising claims and continue to take their prescribed medicine.
“While the patient information leaflet for this unlicensed medicine tells people to seek medical advice before stopping their insulin intake, the advertising claims for this product break advertising regulations for medicines. If these claims are followed they could have dangerous consequences for people with diabetes.
“It’s important that people buy herbal medicines that have either a PL (product licence) or THR (Traditional Herbal Registration) number on the bottom of the packaging. This means the medicines have been assessed against quality standards.”
Libby Dowling, Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK said:
“Anyone with diabetes should never stop taking their prescribed medication, as this can be very dangerous. If anyone has any questions about their medication they should talk to their doctor or a healthcare professional and they will be able to advise on the best course of treatment.”