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Botanical Nomenclature in Pharmacovigilance and a Recommendation for Standardisation
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2006 (English)In: Drug Safety, ISSN 0114-5916, Vol. 29, 1023-1029 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Nomenclature of plants in pharmacology can be presented by pharmaceutical

names or scientific names in the form of Linnaean binomials. In this paper,

positive and negative aspects of both systems are discussed in the context of the

scientific nomenclatural framework and the systems’ practical applicability. The

Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) runs the WHO Programme for International

Drug Monitoring and is responsible for the WHO Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR)

database that currently contains 3.6 million records WHO Adverse Drug Reaction

database. In order for the UMC to monitor pharmacovigilance through ADRs to

herbal medicine products the following species nomenclatural criteria are important:

(i) the name should indicate only one species of plant; (ii) the source for this

name must be authoritative; (iii) the name should indicate which part of the plant

is used. Based on these criteria, the UMC investigated four options: (i) adopt main

names used in recognised (inter-) national pharmacopoeias or authoritative publications;

(ii) adopt option 1, but cite the publication for all names in abbreviated

form; (iii) three-part pharmaceutical names consisting of Latinised part name plus

Latinised genus name, plus Latinised specific epithet; (iv) scientific binomial

names, optionally with author and plant part used. The UMC has selectedchosen

for the latter option and willas its adoption utilizes the scientific botanical

nomenclature as defined by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

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2006. Vol. 29, 1023-1029 p.
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Biological Systematics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-23263OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-23263DiVA: diva2:51037
Available from: 2007-01-26 Created: 2007-01-26 Last updated: 2012-01-10

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