Standardization

Case
A 15-year-old girl tells you she started to take St. John’s wort several weeks ago on her own to treat mild depression. Her friend recommended that she buy a standardized preparation. She asks your advice.
Question
Which of these statements is TRUE?

Several large NIH randomized controlled clinical trials have compared the efficacy of standardized versus non standardized products.


The standardized ingredient in a preparation is the same as the active ingredient.

 


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