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Know your product

Many of our patients use products such as Fish/Krill oil, Vitamins and Herbal and Homeopathic remedies. Recently there has complementart_imagesbeen a focus on these complementary medicines as there is a very limited number of the 11,000 listed that have been independently tested and approved for sale by The Therapeutic Goods Administration. Only 2 percent to be exact, according to the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. Many of the products have been found to be in breach of the guidelines due to poor quality or incorrect claims of effectiveness.

There is now a call to have these products re-labeled marking whether they have in fact been tested and approved by our nation’s drug regulator. The consumers health forum of Australia has launched an awareness campaign urging everyone to “Know your product”.

Published 29 Nov 2012