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Kava banned in UK

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Order prohibiting sale, supply, import of kava medicinal products will take effect in UK on January 13, Medicines Control Agency announces. Following examination of 70 reports of adverse liver reactions due to kava consumption - four cases resulting in death, seven in transplants - MCA "concluded that there is clear evidence linking kava...with rare cases of liver disease." However, agency notes it will review the ban in two years to assess whether it remains justified, and can review decision "at any time if new evidence emerges." The UK dietary supplement industry initially agreed to pull kava supplements from store shelves in December 2001 (1"The Tan Sheet" Dec. 24, 2001, p. 14)...
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