The info below in italics is taken from a web report on Health Care Public's website. What really annoys me is the headline, then when you read the report it says that 77% of people surveyed, which amounts to 2,305 people only are in favour. Poll taken by a nationally representative sample, of who? How many were people that regularly use herbal medicine? 87% apparently, but wait 87% and 77% that makes 164%, ohhh they mean 87% of the 33% left after they've subtracted the 77%! So of the remaining 33% some people said they had no opinion or voted for Mickey mouse or some such! I hate people who massage the statistics to get the result they want!
Without a clear guide to the people sampled and a larger number of people I think these sort of 'samples' and headlines are misleading, and yes I would still say that even if it came out that 3/4's of the 'people' were against herbal regulations. What do others think?
Three-quarters of UK adults agree that herbal medicines should be regulated, according to an Ipsos MORI poll for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The poll of a nationally representative sample of 2,305 adults found that 77% agreed it is important that herbal medicines are regulated, with the figure rising to 87% amongst users.
Doctors have been used as a source of information about the risks or benefits of herbal medicines by 17%.
Historically, most OTC herbal medicines in the UK have been sold as unlicensed herbal remedies under the Medicine Act 1968.
The UK traditional herbal registration scheme was launched in 2005 and requires products to meet assured standards of safety, quality and patient information.
There is a transitional period for some existing unlicensed products until 2011.