Perspective from David J. Holcombe, MD, MSA
July 24, 2019
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FDA warns against use of Herbal Doctor Remedies’ medications

Perspective from David J. Holcombe, MD, MSA
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The FDA is warning consumers against the use of drugs manufactured by Herbal Doctor Remedies in Monterey Park, California, after a recent inspection of the facility revealed unsanitary conditions and serious violations of current good manufacturing practices.

According to the statement, the FDA had advised the company to recall all unexpired drugs earlier in July. Herbal Doctor Remedies initially agreed to the recall but has not yet removed the drugs from the market.

In addition, the FDA issued a warning letter to Herbal Doctor Remedies in 2017 for “marketing unapproved and misbranded drugs,” stemming from the concern that patients may use these unvalidated drugs rather than seeking out those proven to be safe and effective.

Some of the drugs manufactured by Herbal Doctor Remedies — and available for purchase on a variety of websites — include Brain Forte, New Life, Lump Shrinker, Asma-F, Herpes-P, Anemia Off, Bone Fixer and Tumor Shrinker.

Although the FDA is not yet aware of any specific adverse events associated with these medications, the statement encourages patients to notify their health care providers of any concerns and that both patients and health care providers report any experienced adverse events to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.