Himalaya's Liv.52/LiverCare Approved as a Herbal Drug in Switzerland

HOUSTON--(BW HealthWire)--April 4, 2002--In what is believed to be the first multi-herb remedy granted regulatory approval as a drug, Liv.52, the well-known hepatoprotective product of The Himalaya Drug Company, has recently been registered a safe and effective drug by the "Intercantonal Office for the Control of Medicines," Switzerland's equivalent of the United States' FDA.

"This outstanding feat comes at a time when lack of governmental oversight around the world has cast a shadow over the quality of many herbal products on the market," says Dr. Philip Duterme, president and CEO of Himalaya USA, the exclusive North American distributor of Liv.52 (LiverCare) and other products of The Himalaya Drug Company. "It speaks volumes about the level of quality herbal products can reach today. The phrase 'pharmaceutical grade herbal remedies' is not an oxymoron any longer when considering what pharmaceutical-based natural health companies are capable of producing."

First introduced in 1955 by The Himalaya Drug Company, Liv.52 (LiverCare) is a proprietary blend of several botanicals proven to protect the liver against harmful toxins found in drugs, alcohol, food and water. It acts by regulating enzymes and optimizing assimilation in the body. It also protects the liver against possible damage caused by hepatotoxic prescription medications.

More than 300 clinical studies, many double-blind, placebo-controlled, have been performed on Liv.52 (LiverCare) since its introduction more than 47 years ago. Since then, it has become one of the most widely sold medications in the world with more than two billion tablets produced annually.

The approval of Liv.52 (LiverCare) by the Swiss Health authorities also underscores the gigantic achievement by The Himalaya Drug Company of a total quality management program that oversees the entire production process "from seed to shelf" and controls quality using the most sophisticated chromatographic "fingerprinting" techniques available.

"Himalaya USA is proud to offer such high-end herbal remedies in the United States. We have always known that we are second to none in terms of scientific evidence and our ability to maintain consistent quality. What better certification can one get than such an endorsement by a prestigious national health authority?" says Duterme.

The Himalaya Drug Company has been manufacturing pharmaceutical grade herbal products since 1930. Himalaya products combine the rich therapeutic value of an old system of natural medicine with all the processes of modern pharmaceutical technology. For more information, please visit www.himalayausa.com.

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