Herbal Medicinal Products: HMPC's Statement on Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids
The Herbal Medicinal Products Committee (HMPC) of the EMA has published the draft of the updated public statement of the HMPC on pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). The document contains, among other things, the limits for the maximum daily intake of PAs.
The FDA issued a new guideline entitled “Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Compounds: Quality Considerations for Clinical Research”. The draft guidance also introduces key FDA regulatory concepts to stakeholders who may be less familiar with the FDA and the FDA’s authorities than other drug developers.
The USP Cannabis Expert Panel has published an article on the quality requirements for medical cannabis in the Journal of Natural Products. The article describes the appropriate use of USP General Chapters related to chromatographic methods and controls for contaminants.
Ph. Eur. Draft Chapter for PA Contaminants in Herbal Drugs
A new Ph. Eur. chapter 2.8.26. Contaminant pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) has been proposed for comment in the recent issue of Pharmeuropa. The scope of this new general chapter covers trace analysis of target PAs in herbal drugs, herbal drug preparations and herbal medicinal products.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is currently marketed in a variety of product types, such as oil drops, infused pouches, capsules, syrups, teas and topical lotions and creams. Therefore, the FDA is working on the evaluation of regulatory policies related to cannabis and cannabis-derived ingredients.