Western medicine screens

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The adulteration or ‘spiking’ of foods, natural health products, and herbal preparations with drugs and prescription medicines (western medicines) is becoming a real issue in New Zealand.

The Pharmaceutical Programme is able to screen and detect thousands of drugs and regulated medicines using an analytical method called Western Medicine Screening. Our ability to do this plays a significant role in ensuring the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders and making sure foods, natural health products, and herbal preparations are safe to take.