ABC and the Texas Pharmacy Foundation (TPF), in a joint venture will provide the home study educational materials: ABC producing and selling the material, TPF marketing them to pharmacists on a nationwide basis. Information provided by a TPF survey showed that 74 percent of their member pharmacists were interested in information on herbal medicine. As a result, ABC and TPF are developing a series of Pharmacy Continuing Education courses in phytomedicine. ABC has created three introductory modules for the courses. Additional course materials covering all the physiological systems of the human body as well as courses focusing on individual herbs remain to be developed.
The Commission E monographs (the German government's evaluation and approval the sale of herbs as nonprescription medicines) project involves editing, publishing, and marketing the material. ABC has translated 410 of these monographs into English. They will be available in hardcover book format as well as computer disk versions for researchers and writers.
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