Danger fears over arthritis treatment
The Herald reports that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have advised Arthritis sufferers not to buy a "potentially dangerous" treatment which claims to relieve symptoms. According to the health watchdog, Arthroplex capsules and gel are "unlicensed and unproven".
The product, advertised online illegally, claims to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain. However the MHRA stated that the treatment, which has not undergone any testing for quality, safety and effectiveness, can cost as much as £168 for a 12 month's supply and can pose a ‘serious health risk’ to those who use it.
David Carter, manager of the MHRA's medicines borderline section, said: "Adverts like Arthroplex make attractive claims but the fact is just because products are described as natural it does not mean to say they are safe. If you believe you are suffering from any of the medical conditions listed in the adverts please seek proper medical advice."
Professor Alan Silman, Arthritis Research UK's medical director, added: "People should be wary of unproven products bought online or from mail order, and need evidence-based, non-biased information which charities such as ours can provide."
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