WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the addition of an herbal medicine called “Coconut Oil” to a list of drugs banned in the U.S. because it is used in a number of medical treatments and for treating cancer.
The FDA has long banned coconuts, but a few herbal preparations have made it into its list of approved drugs.
The herbal ingredients include “ginkgo” and “gardenia.”
It’s the second time the FDA has approved coconut extract, a tea-like beverage, for use in cancer treatment.
The drugmaker, Green Mountain Herbal Inc., said the herbal compound, which contains coconut oil, has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of colorectal cancer in animal and human studies.
The agency also said it will continue to monitor the safety and effectiveness of other herbal treatments and to take other actions necessary to ensure the safety of the herbal medicines included on the list.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The herbal supplement, which is already available in Europe, will be added on to the list of substances the FDA says have the potential to cause serious or potentially fatal toxicity.