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The Traditional Medicines Congress has released a first draft of its detailed model on how to regulate traditional medicines in the U.S., the American Herbal Products Association announces Nov. 29. The 16-page document, "A Proposed Regulatory Model for Traditional Medicines: Guiding Assumptions and Key Components," was published by the nine member organizations of the TM Congress, which formed in spring 2004 to ensure public access to traditional medicinal products. "While some goods that have long been used as traditional medicines fit neatly into [the current legal] framework, the therapeutic uses of these are restricted and many are entirely excluded," AHPA President Michael McGuffin said. "The model proposed here would completely protect the current law while developing a new option that will benefit marketers who want to sell traditional medicines"...

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