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Revisions made to online CM interactions guide

Blackmores Institute has announced their comprehensive online tool, the Complementary Medicine
Interactions Guide, has been updated with the latest peer-reviewed data and new herbal and nutritional ingredients.

Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals can now go online to check over 300 potential interactions between complementary and prescription medicines

The latest edition, which has been reviewed an updated by an expert university pharmacy panel, covers 75 complementary medicine (CM) ingredients (including 15 new CM ingredients such as Valerian and Bromelain) 173 new interactions and 430 new supporting articles.

Dr Lesley Braun, director of the Blackmores Institute, said education was fundamental in helping
pharmacists, doctors and other healthcare professionals to safely integrate natural medicine into patient care.

“According to Australian statistics 7 out of 10 pharmacy customers take complementary medicine
products,” said Ms Braun.

“Consumers expect their pharmacist and other health professionals to be able to provide information about safety and efficacy, thereby allowing them to make smart choices on the most appropriate supplement to suit their needs.

“This free, practice-ready tool will support health professionals in counselling patients in the quality use of natural medicine ingredients and effective integration with other modalities”. 

The guide, now in its 15th year of publication, is designed exclusively for healthcare professionals in an easy-to-use and free online format.

The tool can assist health professionals in recommending high quality, well-tolerated natural products safely.

Some of the most popular searches are for the ingredients St John’s wort, andrographis and CoQ10.

The Complementary Medicines Interactions Guide is available online here and as a hard copy version. It has been translated into multiple languages.

*Blackmores Institute is grateful to the University of Sydney School of Pharmacy for their role in reviewing the evidence and contribution to this updated guide.

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