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The pharmacy - the new center of excellence for phytotherapy
Heinz-Günter Wolf, President of the Federal Association of German Pharmacist Associations (ABDA), recently explained that pharmacists want to profile themselves even more clearly as patients' advisers on all questions relating to the use of medicines. They meet the needs of many patients, particularly in connection with herbal medicines. The popularity of phytopharmaceuticals is very high. However, if you want to find the right preparation in the confusing offer, you need expert advice.
In the pharmacy, consumers will find both high-quality phytopharmaceuticals and the desired expert advice. Especially pharmacists who deal with herbal medicinal products in a targeted and continuous manner, get information about current research and attend further training in this field are the right contacts for those seeking advice. They are experts who know what new knowledge has been gained, which herbal supplements have been particularly well scientifically tested, and which manufacturers have special skills.
As a supplementary information medium for this advice, the Research Committee for Natural Medicine (KFN) developed a “phyto-compass” at the end of 2011 and made it available to pharmacies. "The brochure met with great approval in the pharmacies," reports Prof. Dr. Michael Popp, Neumarkt, "after a short time, far more than a million copies were requested." For the participants, the KFN chairman emphasizes that this is gratifying proof that quality prevails.
The handy “phyto compass” offers patients support in the search for clinically confirmed herbal medicinal products approved as medicinal products. It explains the differences between medicinal products from plants and herbal supplements for nutritional supplements in an easy-to-understand manner, explains the quality criteria for high-quality herbal medicines and gives tips on the selection of the required preparation. In view of the great success of the brochure, the KFN plans to expand the range of information this year and to work out further compass editions. (kfn)
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