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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    Deaths due to Siberian ginseng injections

     Three people have died in southwest China after receiving an injection of Siberian ginseng extract.

    It’s another example of the chaos that passes for the Chinese pharmaceutical industry.

    The BBC reports that the deaths occurred in Yunnan province.

    This follows the deaths caused by melamine adulterated baby milk formula. Currently, more 10,000 babies remain hospitalized in China with kidney problems because of melamine contamination.

    The bottom line?
    Last year, China’s former top drug regulator was executed for taking millions of dollars in bribes to approve substandard medicines, including an antibiotic that killed at least 10 people.

    I’m not aware that ginseng injection is sold over the Internet, but be forewarned.

    10/10/08 19:55 JR

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