The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) is seeking clarification on allegations about grapefruit-drug interactions made without appropriate scientific support in a University of Rochester Medical Centers press release dated January 17th. The FDOCs first priority is the health of consumers in regards to possible interactions between grapefruit and certain drugs.
"The conclusions concerning death and pregnancy made in the University of Rochester Medical Centers press release are not based on scientific evidence," comments Dr. Hartmut Derendorf, Distinguished Professor of the University of Floridas College of Pharmacy. "Many scientific studies showed grapefruit interactions with some specific drugs, but I cannot find any evidence that death or pregnancy resulted from grapefruit juice."
Dr. Derendorf adds another important point: For birth control pills, grapefruit may increase the levels of some birth control components, but not decrease the effectiveness that would result in pregnancy.
A patient can visit the web site, www.druginteractioncenter.org to look up their prescription drug and see if it interacts with grapefruit. In addition, we encourage patients to consult with their pharmacist or doctor about their prescription medication(s). After all, food and drug interactions are not uncommon and interactions can vary by individual and prescription type.
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