Buccaline Berna renamed to 'Buccaline (pharmacist only medicine)',
is a Swiss pharmaceutical grade product that is used
to help prevent colds and support the immune system. It is
taken as a course of seven tablets each which contains the following
bacteria - 1000 Million Pneumococcus I, II,
III, 1000 Million Streptococcus, 1000 Million Staphyloccous, 1500
Million Haemophilus Infuenzae and 25mg Fel Bovis Sicc.
A course of Buccaline tablets can significantly boost your
body's natural immunity for up to three month's and provide some protection
against the bacterial complications of the flu or a cold, but it will
not prevent you getting the flu or a cold as colds and flu are
caused by viruses.
Pharmacists recommend a
course in autumn and another course 3 months later in late or
mid-winter. Buccaline may be used as well as
a flu vaccination.
"Buccaline stands out due to its excellent tolerance and high
level of acceptance, which plays an important role for voluntary
vaccinations in larger collectives. As Buccaline can be taken
orally and no notable reactions are to be expected, the vaccine can
be distributed through non-medical centres. The protective effect,
as obtained in the various clinical trials described here, is 30% -
80%; as a rule, protection of at least 60% can be expected.
There are various conceptions about the mechanism on which the
protective effect of Buccaline is based. It has thus been
postulated that Buccaline is able to stimulate the production
of secretory IgA (sIgA) in man (1) or may have an influence on the
amount of circulating IgA (2). There is an interesting idea that the
transmigration of lymphocytes from one organ mucosa to another
("lymphocyte traffic") may be involved. An Australian group (3)
which had published path finding papers in this field was able to
prove that Buccaline Berna was capable of inducing a considerable
increase in antibody titres in the sputum of subjects with low
antibody titres against H. influenzae".
For more information, read the
summary PDF or the
the reclassification of Buccaline Berna from
Prescription Medicine to Pharmacy Medicine.
Buccaline Berna is promoted and distributed in New Zealand by
Pharmabroker Sales and available from most chemists or
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