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11/2/2000
Press Release

ASHP Offers Timely New Resource on Alternative Medicines

Pharmacists, physicians, and other health care practitioners will now benefit from the Herbal Companion to ASHP's renowned drug resource, AHFS Drug Information, the most authoritative source of drug information available today.

     Although interest in herbal and nutritional supplements has grown among modern health care practitioners, very little scientifically sound information on herbal therapies and dietary supplements has been available.  Now with the Herbal Companion, practitioners have access to nearly 200 pages of essential, accurate, practical, referenced information on the most common herbal products used today, including:

  • Fifty-two monographs of the most common herbal ingredients-the history and clinical evidence of their uses; pharmacology, dosage, and administration; adverse effects and toxicity; warning, precautions, and contraindications; and interactions. 
  • Thirty-three monographs of the most common nutrition supplements-an overview of the clinical role of each supplement; therapeutic uses; dietary sources, constituents, and composition; dosage and administration; adverse effects and toxicity; warnings, precautions, and contraindications; and interactions.

     "More and more consumers are turning to herbal products and dietary supplements to meet their health care needs," said Mick L. Hunt, M.S., FASHP, president of ASHP.  "It is critical that practitioners have access to quality information on these products when caring for their patients, and I am pleased to see ASHP take a leading role in making sure this information is available."

     The Herbal Companion to AHFS DI is published by ASHP as an adaptation of information from Integrative Medicine Communications' (IMC) database on complementary and alternative therapies.  IMC, in partnership with the American Botanical Council, is responsible for publishing the English translation of the Complete German Commission E Monographs and remains the exclusive publisher of the English version of this well-respected reference.  The accuracy of the information contained in the Commission E Monographs represents today's highest standard in phytomedicinal evaluation.

     ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines.  Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective.  The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.