Health care professionals have been struggling to keep up with the growing list of herbal products on the market.
Now the FDA has issued a guidance that says it will require that health care professionals ask patients about herbal medicine use before prescribing it, according to Bloomberg News.
According to Bloomberg, the FDA’s guidance was meant to prevent patients from overusing herbal products.
“A patient’s decision to purchase or use herbal products should be based on a medical evaluation and other information, such as the patient’s current and previous use of prescription and nonprescription drugs,” the guidance said.
The FDA also released guidelines in February that recommended that health practitioners should screen patients for herbal medicines.
In February, the agency said that it would “immediately” issue guidelines to improve the accuracy of patient information in prescribing information on herbal products, including the labeling of products.