J Pharm Biomed Anal 2019 Nov 23;176:112834. Epub 2019 Aug 23.
Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences, Murdoch University, South St, Murdoch, WA, 6150, Australia; Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory and the Advanced Mass Spectrometry Facility, Murdoch University, 90 South St, Murdoch, WA, 6150, Australia. Electronic address:
Use of herbal medicines and supplements by consumers to prevent or treat disease, particularly chronic conditions continues to grow, leading to increased awareness of the minimal regulation standards in many countries. Fraudulent, adulterated and contaminated herbal and traditional medicines and dietary supplements are a risk to consumer health, with adverse effects and events including overdose, drug-herb interactions and hospitalisation. The scope of the risk has been difficult to determine, prompting calls for new approaches, such as the combination of DNA metabarcoding and mass spectrometry used in this study. Read More