No Approved Therapeutic Claims

You have probably seen it. TV or radio advertisements that promise so much but just before the ad ends you hear a voice or a label that say “No approved therapeutic claims”. Which basically means to me that there is no formal guarantee that the product can deliver all that they say it can do. Rather twisted isn’t it?  The mere fact that these product sell is proof that many disregard the disclaimer.

I think the same concept applies in my line of work as a human resource development consultant.  I can site some instances when the concepts I share worked but there is no guarantee that it will work for you, even if you did exactly as I told you. Why? because just like how each person and condition is complex and that people respond differently to medications (or dietary supplements as some call their products), people are also complex beings facing complexly varying situations that there is no guarantee that an intervention will work for them. There’s a good chance they will but as I said, there’s no approved therapeutic claims.



  1. I think it is a requirement by the government (Phils, and US as well). Usually, any herbal, supplements, vitamins and stuff other than clinical drugs, there must be a “No approved therapeutic claims” sign.

    Sad to say, some companies use this in a negative way. But of course there are real quality products with “no therapeutic claims”.

  2. That is the reason why I do not take any medications which do not my doctor say to use and when it comes to diets… We just all have to accept, that you have to stop eating fat and unhealthy foods in big amounts, or start exercising. (I almost forget the plastic surgery :-)) Those pills are here only for people, who are naive and pay few people, who use this naivety…

  3. the way of or item used for therapy can not make any claims TO CURE per the FDA. The only thing that can claim to cure or work is a prescription DRUG. Per the FDA, ONLY DRUGS CAN MAKE CLAIMS TO CURE. Not even natural supplements are approved by the FDA because they are not a drug. We know that scurvy is caused by a vitamin C deficiency. Sailors were once called limeys due to the citrus they ate to avoid scurvy while away at sea for long periods. Would it be accurate to say that if you ate citrus like oranges it could prevent a vitamin c deficiency and prevent scurvy? You bet it could. BUT according to the FDA, that orange is NOT and approved therapy for scurvy because it is not a drug so it can not make that claim. Make sense? Best of luck! :o)

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