Wednesday, December 12, 2018


This article relates to the Netherlands. It is translated from the Dutch document “KLINISCH BEWEZEN” with the use of Google Translate.

Increasingly, there are advertisements of products to see where it is said that it is clinically proven that the product works. But where is the link to the clinical evidence? A search with clear answers.

If something has been proven clinically, it is recorded in a document, which is registered in a medical database. If, however, something has been tested clinically, that does not mean that it has been proven that it works. This can always be found with proof. However, a clinical test must always be retrievable by the authority that did the test. One can also call this a clinical study.

A product, named by a company as a medical device, for vulnerable diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, vascular problems, and so on. Medical devices are products that fall under the Medical Devices Act. (Source: RIVM Netherlands). For a few hundred euros there is the solution. Searching on the website for an answer for the 'clinically proven' does not provide an answer to satisfaction. There is a story about what the product is based on, but there is no evidence anywhere. Searching on medical sites, universities and such has no result. The doctor mentioned on the company's website is nowhere known.

Always approach a general practitioner if you have problems with your health and never purchase a so-called medical device, whose effect is not known on your body. After all, every person is unique and will respond differently.

A clinical study in a nasal spray under 50 people yields a result of 80% with that spray having an effect. Who has done that clinical study? Where can this information be found? Besides, a study of 50 people does not make sense. A clinical study has to be done with more several people, also using healthy people.

So if you see a comment that something is a medical device, you can become a lot wiser at the RIVM and / or the Laws of the Government (Medical Devices Act). If it says Clinically Proven, Clinically Tested or in other words, go to the website that belongs to that product and find out if there is a link to a medical database where that statement has been deposited. If it is not there, it does not exist and the comment may never be on the website. Sites belonging to the company that sells the product do not count if it concerns a medical database.

Finally: Medicines and medical devices, which can only be obtained in the Netherlands by prescription from a doctor or specialist, can be offered on the internet without a prescription. However, it is not smart to purchase that specific product, as that can always have a negative impact on your health. After all, the doctor or specialist knows what is good for your health. If he does not issue a recipe, then that product is not suitable for you. If the medicine or medical device does not require a prescription, it may be that the doctor or specialist advises you not to purchase it. He will always explain why.