List of medicinal products in dispensing category D dispensed by naturopaths with a federal diploma (NP FD)

Human medicinal products in dispensing category D that may be dispensed by naturopaths

01.07.2020

In connection with the revision of the Therapeutic Products Act, the legislator has decided that Swissmedic shall determine the specific non-prescription medicinal products in dispensing category D that may be dispensed by naturopaths with a federal diploma (NP FD) as part of their professional duties (Art. 25 TPA in conjunction with Art.49 TPO), provided they have acquired the necessary expertise in the corresponding specialist area.

The new Swissmedic list of "Medicinal products designated by Swissmedic for dispensing by specialists in complementary medicine with a federal diploma", 1 July 2020, comprises two dispensing lists:

List I – Herbal and complementary medicines with and without indication

List I comprises around 800 complementary and herbal medicines with and without indication in dispensing category D. These medicinal products have no known interactions with prescription-only medicines. Nor (apart from allergies) are there any known serious interactions or serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) or contraindications. Therefore, medicines containing the herbal substances or preparations made from ginkgo, hypericum or senna may not be dispensed by NP FD.

List II – Medicinal products without indication authorised under the notification procedure

Of the 11,570 complementary medicines without indication authorised under the notification procedure, only those medicinal products in dispensing category D may be dispensed. Medicinal products containing preparations made from hypericum perforatum, ginkgo biloba or senna as of categories D2/C1 may be dispensed, with the exception of the pharmaceutical form "oral globules only" and spagyric tinctures of hypericum, which may be dispensed as of category TM.

The dispensing lists will be updated as required (depending on new authorisations / withdrawal of authorisation or reports of adverse drug reactions).

A prerequisite for any dispensing of medicinal products is a corresponding retail trade permit issued by the canton in which the applicant is domiciled (Art. 30 TPA).