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Commercialism, choice and consumer protection: regulation of complementary medicines in Australia

Ken J Harvey, Viola S Korczak, Loretta J Marron and David B Newgreen
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (1): 21-25.

Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) are being used increasingly in Australia, often in conjunction with conventional medicines.1 While the demand for CAMs is growing, the regulatory framework is weak.

Ken J Harvey, FRCPA, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow1
Viola S Korczak, BEc(SocSc), MIPH, Health Policy Officer2
Loretta J Marron, BSc, AssocDipBus3
David B Newgreen, BPharm, MBA4
1 School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC.
2 Choice (Australian Consumers’ Association), Sydney, NSW.
3 Brisbane, QLD
4 Melbourne, VIC.
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