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Herbal medicines: Study raises alarm over labelling (24 February 2014)
By Lucy Carroll
Many herbal medicines are being sold with dodgy labelling and fail to comply with regulations, a new study has found.
Researchers at the University of Adelaide discovered that almost 20 per cent of the herbal remedies surveyed - including vitamins, minerals and fish oils available at supermarkets and pharmacies - are not registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration, despite it being a legal condition for their sale.
And almost 60 per cent had ingredients that did not match what is listed on the bottle or pack.
''We are talking about significant differences between the stated concentrations and what the manufacturers have had approved with the TGA,'' said lead author and senior lecturer in pharmacology at University of Adelaide, Ian Musgrave.
To read the article in full, visit www.smh.com.au/national/health/herbal-medicines-study-raises-alarm-over-labelling
Reviewed and updated February 2014
New research highlights disability impact of arthritis - Media Release (10 October 2013)
Arthritis second most common cause of disability in Australia – People not getting the support they need
New research released for World Arthritis Day highlights the enormous but often silent disability burden of arthritis and highlights the need to recognise that arthritis can be a disability as well as a medical condition. The research also busts the myth that arthritis only affects old people.
Wendy Favorito, Consumer Director of Arthritis Australia, which commissioned the research, said that arthritis is the second most common cause of disability in Australia but because you can’t always see the effects, it can be hard to understand the impact the condition has on people’s lives.
Cick here for the full media release.
Reviewed and updated October 2013