Pharmacy herbal products likely to be safe

Herbal products sold in Australian pharmacies are unlikely to contain the toxic ingredients found in a University of Adelaide study.

That’s the view of the TGA, which says Australia has an "internationally well regarded" regulatory system for all medicines, including herbal and other complementary medicines.

"The authors point largely to examples of problems from overseas," a spokesperson said in a statement.

"Where the TGA has come across adulterated herbal medicines these have been illegally imported and are not supplied via the usual retail outlets but are generally purchased over the internet."

The Adelaide researchers report finding toxic chemicals, heavy metals and pesticides in products on sale in Australia.

Their study published in the Medical Journal of Australia also highlights concerns about the interaction between complementary medications and