Nutraceutical drug

In DrugBank, nutraceuticals are drugs which are regulated and processed at a pharmaceutical grade and have a demonstrable nutritional effect.1 Another major characteristic of nutraceuticals is that they do not always have a patent protection even when used as therapeutic agents.2


  1. Sarris J, Murphy J, Mischoulon D, Papakostas GI, Fava M, Berk M, Ng CH: Adjunctive Nutraceuticals for Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses. Am J Psychiatry. 2016 Jun 1;173(6):575-87. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2016.15091228. Epub 2016 Apr 26. [Article]
  2. Nasri H, Baradaran A, Shirzad H, Rafieian-Kopaei M: New concepts in nutraceuticals as alternative for pharmaceuticals. Int J Prev Med. 2014 Dec;5(12):1487-99. [Article]