Indirect risks of complementary and alternative medicine: Promises and problems

Palgrave Macmillan
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Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 2012, 1, pp. 212 - 219
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A discussion of issues of safety and risk around complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has primarily revolved around issues of direct risk, including adverse events (such as the potential hepatotoxicity of CAM products or potential CAM-drug interactions) and the monitoring of these events (pharmacovigilance). Yet the development of a broader public health agenda for CAM (Adams, 2008) provides an opportunity for a new focus on the inherent indirect health risks associated with these medicines - representing a novel, innovative approach to the consideration of risk and safety in CAM.
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