National Policy on Traditional Medicine and Regulation of Herbal Medicines - Report of a WHO Global Survey
(2005; 168 pages) Voir le document au format PDF
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Afficher le documentExecutive summary
Afficher le documentAcronyms, abbreviations and definitions
Afficher le documentWHO Regions
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu1. Introduction
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu2. National policy on traditional medicine and complementary/alternative medicine
Fermer ce répertoire3. The regulatory situation of herbal medicines
Afficher le document3.1 Law or regulation on herbal medicines
Afficher le document3.2 Regulatory status of herbal medicines
Afficher le document3.3 Claims
Afficher le document3.4 Pharmacopoeias
Afficher le document3.5 Monographs on herbal medicines
Afficher le document3.6 Manufacture of herbal medicines
Afficher le document3.7 Safety and herbal medicines
Afficher le document3.8 Registration system for herbal medicines
Afficher le document3.9 Herbal medicines and the essential drug list
Afficher le document3.10 Post marketing surveillance of herbal medicines
Afficher le document3.11 The sale of herbal medicines
Afficher le document3.12 Annual market sales of herbal medicines
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu4. Member States, WHO and herbal medicines
Ouvrir ce répertoire et afficher son contenu5. Country summaries
Afficher le documentReferences
Afficher le documentAnnex 1. Text of survey instrument
 

3.11 The sale of herbal medicines

In this question, countries were asked about the methods of sale of herbal medicine. Countries were requested to select all methods of sale employed on their territory from the following options: in pharmacies as prescription drugs; in pharmacies as over the counter drugs; in special outlets; by licensed practitioners; no restrictions on selling herbal medicines; and other ways. If “other ways” was selected, a description was requested.

A total of 137 countries reported on the location and methods of sale of herbal medicines. Figure 41 provides details of how countries responded. By far the most commonly selected category is that of sale in pharmacies as over the counter drugs, with 101 countries reporting this method of sale. Interestingly, the next most popular selection is that which states that there are no restrictions on the sale of herbal medicines, selected by 70 countries. The next most popular method of sale is in special outlets, chosen by 59 countries, followed by sale in pharmacies as prescription medicines (48 countries) and finally by licensed practitioners (30 countries).

Twenty-two countries selected the option “other ways”, including the following: peddling in markets and in ambulatory sales (e.g. selling door to door); by unlicensed practitioners; in indigenous communities; in herbal clinics and traditional healers; in health shops, supermarkets and food markets; and through mail order and multilevel marketing systems.


Figure 41. Sale of herbal medicines

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