The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    U.K. concludes kava is not safe

    In 2002, the FDA advised consumers of the potential risk of severe liver injury associated with the use of kava-containing (Piper methysticum) dietary supplements.

    In 2003, the U.K.’s medicines regulatory body banned kava when it was linked to a number of deaths and liver damage around the world.

    So, where are we today?

    Now, two U.K. agencies have completed their reviews and concluded to continue the ban. According to one agency, “The new data were not sufficient to demonstrate the safety of food products containing kava kava.” The other agency concluded that the prohibition was justified and proportionate.”

    Kava kava is also withdrawn from sale to varying degrees in France, Germany, Portugal and Ireland. The U.S. and New Zealand are carrying out safety assessments while products remain on sale. Canada and Australia are also conducting safety assessments and advising consumers not to use kava kava for now.

    9/26/06 22:25 JR

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