Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Mixed messages

From the back of a packet of throat lozenges I saw in the supermarket:
[...] Lozenges have been formulated to give effective and rapid relief from painful and inflamed sore throats. Their dual action formula contains a local anaesthetic to numb the throat while the two antibacterial agents help kill the bacteria which can cause sore throats and mouth infections.
followed by
The efficacy of an antibacterial agent in lozenges in reducing the severity or duration of throat infections has not been clinically established.
Now doesn't the second bit kinda undermine the first bit?!


macdoctor said...

The joys of Medsafe. You can't sell an OTC preparation in NZ without a disclaimer telling you it doesn't work. If you can prove it works clinically, you can register it with Medsafe for an exorbitant fee and then charge ten times as much for it.

Paul Walker said...

Thanks, I was assuming that there was some regulation that explained this.