FDA Sends out a message to Health Care Professionals about Kava Kava is associated with liver toxicity 
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 FDA Sends out a message to Health Care Professionals about Kava Kava is associated with liver toxicity

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> >> FDA Sends out a message to Health Care Professionals about Kava Kava

> >>  (SafetyAlerts) - The cooking.net">food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs your help. The agency is
> >> investigating whether the use of dietary supplements containing kava (also known as kava
> >> kava or Piper methysticum) is associated with liver toxicity. To help us determine whether
> >> there is a problem in the United States, we are asking that you review your cases of liver
> >> toxicity to determine if any may be related to the use of kava-containing dietary
> >> supplements.

> >> Products containing herbal extracts of kava have been implicated in cases of serious liver
> >> toxicity in Germany and Switzerland. Approximately 25 reports of hepatic toxicity
> >> associated with the use of products containing kava extracts have been reported in these
> >> countries. Serious hepatic adverse effects include hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver
> >> failure. At least one patient required a liver transplant. Based on their assessment of
> >> the adverse events reported to them, the regulatory authority in Switzerland has
> >> prohibited the sale of products containing the kava extract associated with the adverse
> >> effects. Last month, the German authorities issued a proposal to remove all kava
> >> extract-containing products from the market.

> >> FDA is investigating whether the use of kava-containing dietary supplements in the United
> >> States poses similar public health concerns. The agency has received several reports of
> >> serious injury allegedly associated with the use of kava-containing dietary supplements,
> >> with at least one report of hepatic failure requiring liver transplantation in a
> >> previously healthy young female.

> >> Dietary supplements containing kava are promoted for a variety of uses, including
> >> relaxation (e.g., to relieve stress, anxiety, and tension), insomnia, and postmenstrual
> >> syndrome (PMS). The products are marketed to all segments of the population, including
> >> children, women, men, and the elderly.

> >> Due to the potentially serious nature of these concerns, we urge you to report any cases
> >> of hepatic toxicity that you think may be related to the use of kava-containing dietary
> >> supplements. Adverse events associated with the use of dietary supplements should be
> >> reported as soon as possible to FDA's MedWatch program by telephone (1-800-332-1088) or
> >> through the Internet ( http://www.***.com/ ).

> >> Thank you in advance for your cooperation in assisting the FDA in investigating this
> >> potentially serious public health issue. For additional information, contact Steven
> >> Gitterman, M.D., Ph.D. at (301) 436-2371.

> >> Sincerely yours,

> >> Christine Lewis Taylor, Ph.D.
> >> Director
> >> Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements
> >> Center for cooking.net">food Safety and Applied Nutrition .

> >> Source: FDA.



Thu, 26 Aug 2004 10:42:11 GMT
 FDA Sends out a message to Health Care Professionals about Kava Kava is associated with liver toxicity


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Fri, 27 Aug 2004 03:36:27 GMT
 FDA Sends out a message to Health Care Professionals about Kava Kava is associated with liver toxicity

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Fri, 27 Aug 2004 03:38:37 GMT
 
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