Types and Definitions of Symbols on Drugs – Medicines are usually used to cure a disease that is being suffered. But have you ever thought what the meaning of the symbol that is there is medicine?
1. Tree symbol
Medicines that have a green symbol with a picture of a tree are classified as medicines made from herbs or traditional plants, commonly known as jamu. In fact, usually under the symbol is written the word ‘herbal’. Until now, herbal medicine is still considered a powerful drug to cure various diseases, you know! For example, Tolak Angin, Indonesian people’s subscriptions to fight colds are classified as herbal medicine.
2. Three stars symbol
Medicines with three green stars are called Standardized Herbal Medicines or OHT. However, OHT is different from herbal medicine. The difference is in the processing process. This medicine with natural ingredients is processed with high technology and hygienic which has been tested for toxicity and chronicity. Before being produced, OHT has gone through pre-clinical research to determine its health standards. Examples of drugs that are classified as OHT are Kiranti which is usually consumed by women when experiencing menstrual pain or Diapet which is usually consumed to cure diarrhea.
3. Snowflakes are green
Well, a symbol that looks like a green snow flake is called a phytopharmaca. Similar to OHT, phytopharmaca is also made from natural ingredients that are processed with high technology. However, this phytopharmaca has been equated with modern medicines. The processing process is more difficult than OHT.
Phytopharmaceuticals are processed by a standardized process with scientific evidence that has been clinically tested on humans with scientific criteria, approved test protocols, competent implementation with ethical principles, and the place where the phytopharmaca processing is carried out has met the requirements. Examples of drugs that are classified as phytopharmaceuticals such as STIMUNO, drugs that function to improve the immune system which are very easy to obtain from pharmacies are classified as phytopharmaca.
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4. Green symbol with black circle
Well, this medicine with a green symbol with a black circle is certainly something you usually encounter every day. These drugs are classified as over-the-counter drugs. This means that you can buy or sell this drug without any restrictions. However, you don’t need to worry, because usually in the packaging of this medicine there are instructions for use and storage. Examples of these drugs are paracetamol such as Panadol, Paramex, and so on.