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SANCHEZ, María Teresa; RUIZ, María Adolfina  and  MORALES, María Encarnación. Probiotic microorganisms and health. Ars Pharm [online]. 2015, vol.56, n.1, pp.45-59. ISSN 2340-9894.

Aims: Show the benefits of the probiotic microorganisms on health and its acceptance by the consumer. As well as collect those probiotic products available in pharmaceutical market. Materials and methods: A study of the pharmaceutical marketin relation to the existing dosage forms with probiotic microorganisms and their evolution in recent years was made. Classifying probiotic products was conducted according to the dosage form in which they are presented; each product must be accompanied by the dose of probiotic-containing, expressed as Colony Forming Units (CFU). Results: It is increasing the number of probiotic strains isolated and the benefits that its shown on human health. We found a diversity of probiotic products available in pharmacies as a result of an increasing demand by consumers; it is important to note that many of them lack necessary information on packaging, for example, the dose contained. Conclusions: The interest of the pharmaceutical industry in develop new dosage forms contained in probiotic microorganisms will be growing and will be linked to the need for a specific regulation for these products. Many of them do not contain the required dose to obtain a beneficial effect on health which is misleading advertising to consumers, therefore, they should be removed from the market, advertising only those products which contain a therapeutic dose and whose effects are endorsed by various clinical trials.

Keywords : Health; Pharmaceutical Preparations; Probiotic.

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