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Complementary drugs in MIMS not validated


Complementary drugs in MIMS not validated


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Complementary medicines listed in MIMS [a commonly used electronic reference
used by health professionals] are being misleadingly represented as if they have been assessed by health authorities, an expert claims.

Dr Ken Harvey, adjunct senior lecturer at the school of public health at Melbourne's La Trobe University, said doctors might not realise that information on listed complementary medicines in MIMS was provided by the products' manufacturers, and received no independent validation.

Complementary medicines listed in MIMS [a commonly used electronic reference
used by health professionals] are being misleadingly represented as if they have been assessed by health authorities, an expert claims.

Dr Ken Harvey, adjunct senior lecturer at the school of public health at Melbourne's La Trobe University, said doctors might not realise that information on listed complementary medicines in MIMS was provided by the products' manufacturers, and received no independent validation.


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Complementary drugs in MIMS not validated
Complementary medicines listed in MIMS [a commonly used electronic referenceused by health professionals] are being misleadingly represented as if they have beenassessed by health authorities, an expert claims.Dr Ken Harvey, adjunct senior lecturer at the school of public health at Melbourne'sLa Trobe University, said doctors might not realise that information on listedcomplementary medicines in MIMS was provided by the products' manufacturers,and received no independent validation.This information was "potentially erroneous and harmful", he told Australian Doctor.MIMS disclaimers currently state that product information has been provided bypharmaceutical companies and is "approved by the Therapeutic GoodsAdministration".However, Dr Harvey said this disclaimer did not accurately reflect the differencebetween prescription products, which underwent a detailed assessment before TGAapproval, and listed complementary medicines, which were not routinely checked bythe TGA.Dr Harvey said MIMS should be required to disclose that information oncomplementary products has "not been independently assessed by Australian healthauthorities".He raised the concerns after finding some health websites were promoting acomplementary product known as Urinary Tract Support, using information sourcedfrom eMIMS, under the impression it had been validated.His complaint follows a government brief released earlier this month, which revealedthat 90% of complementary medicines subjected to post-market reviews by the TGAwere found to be non-compliant with regulatory requirements.Just 26% of newly listed complementary medicines were subject to review last year,according to the document, which was released under freedom of information lawsand marked "in-confidence".MIMS declined to comment at the time of writing.
 
 By Sarah Colyer
 
December 15th, 2010
http://www.australiandoctor.com.au/articlesF5/0C06E2F5.asp
 

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