Indena and Scharper Come Together to Evaluate the Quality of...
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Indena and Scharper Come Together to Evaluate the Quality of Botanical Supplements

By Pharma Tech Outlook | Monday, March 02, 2020

With the expertise of a doctor or pharmacist, prescribers can derive the product quality and safety, transparency in the supply chain, and scientific evidence on botanicals.

FREMONT, CA: Indena is a global leader in the identification, development, and production of active principles obtained from plants for application in the pharmaceutical, health food, and personal care industries. By the initiative of Indena and Scharper, a pharmaceutical company developing and marketing of food supplements promoted exclusively to the medical profession, the “Advisory Board on the Quality of Botanical Supplements” was created. They formed it to address the issue based on scientific evidence and clinical experience of different products consumed by people of varying age, gender, and geographical areas. Nearly Ten Italian and international experts, including doctors, chemists, biologists, from a range of specialist fields united to draw up a shared position with the Consensus Paper: Food Supplements of Botanical Origin: a multidisciplinary approach to quality, primarily, the case of turmeric.

Only with the expertise of a doctor or pharmacist, it is possible to recognize a supplement of quality. Prescribers can request information from doctors and pharmacists regarding the product quality and safety, transparency in the supply chain from raw material to finished product and scientific evidence like preclinical, clinical, pharmacokinetic studies on botanicals. Awareness in the use of supplements with respect to an individual’s condition is equally important.

The Consensus Paper presented in Milan delves into the case of turmeric, one of the most studied and used botanical extracts in the world. The Italian Ministry of Health recognizes it for its antioxidant effects and its osteoarticular function. It has been the subject of clinical studies that have demonstrated its anti-inflammatory capacity, through which it contributes to maintaining gastrointestinal, osteoarticular, cardiovascular, and liver health.

However, turmeric is not easily absorbable by the body, like many botanical extracts, and is a problem addressed by many formulations like the technologically innovative phytosome, which is claimed to increase the absorption of conventional herbal extracts like turmeric.

In spite of the global availability and high consumption of turmeric, it is still advisable to seek the opinion of doctors or pharmacists to evaluate if taking such a dietary supplement.

Indena is featured in the magazine “Pharma Tech Outlook” as one of the Top 10 CMOs 2019.

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