WARNING: Herbal supplement caused life-threatening condition in man taking warfarin

People taking the drug warfarin are urgently being reminded to consult with their doctor before taking any herbal or plant-based supplements after a New Zealand man recorded a blood clotting ratio (INR*) 10 times the safe level after taking curcumin. Curcumin is found in turmeric, however CARM is quick to point out that the warning 

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When do additives in medicine become a problem?

When a patient experiences an adverse reaction to their medication it can be a difficult task to pinpoint the cause.  What part might preservatives, binding agents and other additives (excipients) play? In an article published in the UK’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s publication, The Pharmaceutical Journal, Simon Wills from Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust outlines some 

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