People who may have purchased Yiganerjing Cream are urged to discontinue use immediately.
The product, Yiganerjing Cream, which has been marketed in
the UK as an unlicensed "natural" Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of
a range of skin conditions, including psoriasis, has been found to contain an
undisclosed steroid and two antifungal ingredients in tests conducted by the
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Analysis of the product has found the presence of the
steroid, clobetasol propionate (0.025%). This steroid is the active ingredient
used in a range of prescription-only creams for conditions such as psoriasis
and eczema. Tests also identified the presence of the antifungal compounds
ketoconazole (0.7%) and miconazole nitrate (0.65%). These compounds are
indicated for the treatment of fungal infections of the skin and nails, and are
present in a number of well-known licensed products.
In light of these findings, the MHRA has stepped up its work
to remove Yiganerjing from sale on websites and in online market places,
and is issuing a notice to inform sellers that they must stop selling the cream
immediately. The MHRA advises anyone who
may have been using this cream to discontinue use immediately.
The MHRA is also
aware of the sale, via a herbal clinic, of a product called Penny Orange Cream which has been found
to contain the steroid clobetasol propionate (0.009%). This product is no
longer available, however anybody who
has already purchased and been using this product is advised to discontinue use
If anybody who has used either of these creams should have concerns,
they are advised to discuss the issue with their doctor or clinician.
These findings are a reminder to be cautious if you are ever
considering purchasing any products for your psoriasis online, and to remember
that “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean safe. The MHRA advises that, if you are
unsure about the safety of a product claiming to be “natural” or “herbal”, you
should check for a Marketing Authorisation (MA) or Product License (PL) number
or Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) number/the THR logo. This means the
product has been assessed by the MHRA for safety and has been manufactured
If you are aware of Yiganerjing cream being
sold, you can report it to the MHRA by emailing Borderline_medicine@mhra.gov.uk