Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Significant differences between Supplements & Cosmetics and Drugs & Medicines


To treat or prevent diseases drugs are used to be as substances. They are also used to get rid of pains, to control over mental or physical ailments, and even to diagnose the illnesses.
Drugs comprise-
  1. A medicine for the inner or outer use of human beings or animals
  2. Any substances which are intended to be used for or in the diagnosis, mitigation, cure, prevention or treatment of diseases in human beings or animals;
  3. Any article, other than food, intended to have an effect on or influence in any way the formation or any organic role of the body of human beings or animals;
  4. Any article which are intended for use as an element of any medicine, substance.

In order to sell a product as a prescription drug or medicine, you are needed to have a drug license which is only can be issued if you got a practicing pharmacist working for your organization (Rule 61 of The Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, 1945)

The dealer or seller must have a designated space of minimum 150 sq ft room, permitted by the FDA for sale and stocking of the products among other compliance. (Rule 64 & 65 of The Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, 1945)
Only wholesaler of drugs can sell to dealers or seller registered with a Drug License Therefore companies like us- Forever Living Products (as Network Marketing) cannot be able to market the medicines or food supplements as each individual distributor of the company would have to be registered under Drug License agreement.

Nutritional or Dietary Supplements:

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The word named “supplement” means something added or extra. In this case, you are “adding” to a basic diet, nutritional and lifestyle. A nutritional supplement is a product taken by mouth that contains a “dietary or nutritional component” intended to supplement or improve the diet. They can also be taken out or concentrates, and may be found in many forms such as capsules, tablets, soft gels, liquids, gel caps, or powders. Whatever their forms are, they appear under the common umbrella of “foods,” but not drugs. Every supplement should be labeled as a nutritional supplement. Nutritional supplements are extensively available to the public and any person is able to sell or purchase them openly.

General people usually take them to maintain and get a healthy lifestyle. Dietary supplements cannot legally say that dietary supplements can cure, diagnose, treat or prevent diseases. But they can be said that they are able to contribute to health maintenance and well-being. For thousands of years people have used dietary supplements to get a healthy life.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not control the nutritional supplements in the same way that it controls medication. A nutritional supplement can be sold without investigation or research on how well it performs, because it cannot be used for or in the cure, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in human body. Nutritional supplements cannot legally say that nutritional supplements can diagnose, cure, prevent or treat diseases. But they are able to say that they can add to health protection and well-being.

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