Table 3

Examples of Disclaimers Used in Other Countries

Belgium "traditionally used in . . ., even though its activity has not been established according to the actual criteria of evaluation of medicines." 1
Canada "traditional medicines" 1
France "traditionally used for . . ." or "used in . . ." 1
Germany "Traditionally used (e.g.) for preventive purposes. This product is not intended for the cure or mitigation of illness, physical deficiencies or ailments. Anyone who has such illness or ailment should consult a physician. This product is used traditionally and it cannot be deduced therefrom whether the product is generally useful." 2
Greece Wording frequently used: "possibly effective" and "traditionally used" 1
Ireland "The wording on the labeling is mandatory and states the following:
i)Do not take in connection with other medications without having consulted a physician.
ii)Do not use for longer than two weeks. The drug safety cannot be guaranteed for a prolonged period of use.
iii) Should the condition not improve, consult a physician.
iv)Allergic reactions are possible.
v)Traditional herbal remedy for short-term treatment of slight discomforts and that should . . . not be used for extended periods without the advice of a physician." 1
United Kingdom "a traditional remedy for the symptomatic relief of . . ." and "if symptoms persist, consult your doctor" 1

1.Gericke, N. 1995. The regulation and control of traditional herbal medicines: an international overview with recommendations for the development of a South African approach. Working draft document. Cape Town, South Africa: Traditional Medicines Programme, University of Cape Town.
2.Nozari, F. 1994. Dietary supplements. Report to Congress. LL94-3. Washington, DC.


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