Uppsala Reports editor
Covering the world of pharmacovigilance
Herbal substances can be found in a number of pharmaceutical drugs, cosmetics and food supplements – so it's not surprising that using plant names inconsistently can have serious health consequences. But with so much confusion around medicinal plant names, it’s easy to get it wrong.
In the latest epsiode of UMC’s Drug Safety Matters podcast, host Federica Santoro speaks to Bob Allkin from the UK’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to try to clear a path through the undergrowth. Fede and Bob discuss how common, scientific and pharmaceutical plant names differ; how Kew’s Medicinal Plant Names Service works, and the ways in which healthcare and pharmacovigilance professionals can avoid mistakes when working with herbal medicines.
Bob Allkin's work was also featured in an earlier Uppsala Reports article, Navigating the plant-names jungle.