An article in AJP asks, ‘Are complementary medicines conventional medicine’s inferior cousin or a key player in health?‘
The arguments put forward in this article in favor of complementary medicines are:
- They are frequently purchased by consumers (which fails to mention the impact of the enormous amount of money spend on their promotion which make extravagant claims that often bear no relation to evidence supporting their use).
- They contribute to consumer health through primary and secondary prevention of illness (which fails to acknowledge the lack of evidence to support this assertion).
Both these strategies are highlighted in a complaint for Swisse Ultiboost Lung Health Support.
Finally, Friend of Science in Medicine (FSM) pharmacist, Ian Carr has written a nice article in response, ‘Supplements exploit consumer ignorance‘.by