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OTC PRODUCTS IN THE WORLD AND TURKEY

Globally, the US represents the largest OTC market, where OTC products are marketed as nutritional supplements, in contrast with Europe, where these products are mostly licensed and marketed as with pharmaceutical products.

Germany is the leading herbal medicine market throughout the Europe, as a result of the fact that students in medical schools are provided educational courses on herbal medicines and phytotherapy, leading to a sound knowledge on herbal medicines and their frequent prescription by the physicians.

An inspection of different countries with regard to the use of OTC products shows an association between their use and the economical and developmental status of these countries.