The TGA has undertaken a safety review of andrographis - a herbal ingredient used in some complementary medicines. It belongs to the Acanthaceae family and is indigenous to India, Ceylon, and Java. A.paniculata is also known as kalmegh and green chiretta in Ayurvedic medicine, and chuanxinlian in traditional Chinese medicine.
The review considered medical literature and adverse event reporting data relating to the risk of allergic reactions associated with use of andrographis.
The issue was also referred to the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines (ACSOM) and was considered at its meeting on 11 July 2014. The ACSOM meeting statement has been published on the TGA website.
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