The new ABC program, 'The Checkout', takes a satirical look at complementary medicines and answer questions such as:
- What is a complementary medicine?
- What does it mean to be 'listed' by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)?
- What keeps non-scientifically proven complementary medicines on the market?
Complementary medicines are a hot button issue because many Australian consumers believe that there are real benefits in using complementary medicines as an alternative to getting medical advice or as a way of searching for alternatives or supplement to conventional therapies that may not be working for them. However, important questions still remain: what safeguards are in place to protect consumers, and who is making sure that complementary medicines are safe and effective?
Watch 'The Checkout' here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/thecheckout/episodes/ep01... and then have your say! How can consumers stay informed about their complementary medicines?
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