Blackmores Institute updates online complementary medicine interactions guide01 May 2019
Blackmores Institute has updated its Complementary Medicine Interactions Guide to include the latest peer-reviewed data and new herbal and nutritional ingredients.
With this comprehensive online tool, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals can now check over 300 potential Interactions between complementary and prescription medicines.
This latest edition, which has been reviewed an updated by an expert panel from the University of Sydney School of Pharmacy, covers 75 complementary medicine (CM) ingredients (including 15 new CM ingredients such as Valerian and Bromelain).
It contains 173 new interactions and 430 new supporting articles.
Director of the Blackmores Institute Dr Lesley Braun 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.
There is no other tool for health professionals as accessible, comprehensive and up-to-date as the Blackmores Institute CM Interactions Guide.”
Easy-to-use online format
This evidence-based 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.
In total the CM Interactions Guide covers 75 complementary medicine ingredients, over 300 interactions and is based on a review of over 1,100 supportive articles.
Blackmores Institute is committed to providing excellence in the field of natural health research and education. The Institute’s aim is to help healthcare professional to stay up-to-date on the evidence, efficacy, safety and quality of natural medicine ingredients.
Dr Braun said many consumers believed complementary medicines were safe to take because they are ‘natural’ and while most complementary medicines were very well tolerated, side effects could occur.
Vital for health professionals to have latest information
“The most common side effects associated with complementary medicine use are gastrointestinal symptoms such as reflux and loose bowels, dermatological reactions such as urticaria, and rarely headache,” said Dr Braun.
“We also know that many people use pharmaceutical medications together with CMs so it is vital for health professionals to have access to the latest evidence-based information on potential interactions when offering consumers advice.
“It’s also important for the consumer to tell health professionals about what prescription and complementary medicines they are taking,” concluded Dr Braun.
The Complementary Medicines Interactions Guide is available online here and as a hard copy version. It has been translated into multiple languages.
To highlight Blackmores’ commitment to safety and the low risk nature of Blackmores products, Blackmores has recently released A Short Guide to the Quality Use of Complementary Medicines.
Blackmores Institute is the academic and professional arm of Blackmores Limited. It was established in 2012 with a vision to improve the quality use of natural medicine.