NPS welcomes decision by Blackmores and Pharmacy Guild to drop endorsement arrangement
6 October 2011
NPS welcomes the decision by Blackmores and the Pharmacy Guild to cancel the Gold Cross endorsement of the Blackmores Companions range of complementary medicines.
A statement issued by NPS last week in response to the arrangement called on pharmacists to continue to tailor advice to individual patients based on their need and the evidence available.
“NPS was concerned that pharmacists being encouraged to sell complementary medicines as companion products alongside prescription medicines would cause confusion about medicines, and possibly lead to adverse events,” says NPS CEO Dr Lynn Weekes.
“We are relieved that the endorsement arrangement has been withdrawn. Pharmacists are trusted health professionals, and it is important that their approach to providing advice to their patients remains independent and evidence-based,” says Dr Weekes.
News of the partnership last week prompted NPS to review the evidence for the complementary medicines that were to be promoted. Full reports on the evidence for each of the complementary medicines in question is available at http://www.nps.org.au/topics/companion_products.
Consumers with questions about the medicines they’re offered, including how the medicine works, possible side effects and interactions with other medicines, can contact Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) from anywhere in Australia (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm EST).
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