Traditional Chinese medicine contains human placenta

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MHRA (Medicines) has recently become aware of a traditional Chinese medicine called Nu Bao. The product patient information leaflet lists human placenta (Placenta hominis), deer antler (Corna cervi pantotrichum) and donkey skin (Colla cori astini) as ingredients.

Human placenta, deer antler and donkey hide are all potential sources of infection. As the information on the source of the ingredients is very limited, making an assessment of the risk is problematic. However, the inclusion of any animal derivatives or human tissue poses potential risk of infectious diseases due to the transmission of infective bacteria and viruses.

Consumers should not take this product, which is comprised of pink and brown capsules packaged in a red and gold carton. Anyone taking the product should discontinue its use and consult their doctor if they feel unwell.

The Agency's Inspection and Enforcement Division has written to known suppliers of this product in the UK to instruct them to cease marketing Nu Bao in the UK with immediate effect and to cancel all advertising and promotion including Internet promotion and sales. Anybody that comes across this product or has any further information on suppliers of this product, should inform the MHRA immediately by contacting Gift Minta, [email protected], 18-102/A Market Towers, London, SW8 5NQ, telephone 020-7084 2617.


  1. Nick Nick United Kingdom says:

    Are you sure that these ingrediants, namely:  human placenta (Placenta hominis), deer antler (Corna cervi pantotrichum) and donkey skin (Colla cori astini), will be a source of infection?  Given that the ingrediants being used are generally not taken and used immediately from the source i.e. any placenta, donkey skin etc. will first have been completely dried out for sake of preservation before being sold onwards to a company or individual chinese doctor.  At which point this drying or, if more modern technology is used dehydrating, all bacteria or viruses will not be completely destroyed.

    So i'm not exactly understanding how your "potential risk of infectious diseases" or "transmission of infective bacteria and viruses" actually holds any scientific truth or credibility.

    Odd how a pharmaceutical, who should be fully aware of this basic science, is misleading the public?

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