An Australian complementary medicine body has urged the federal government to provide more money for research into complementary treatments.
The National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) said that the federal government earns more than $100 million from such medicines and added that it is the duty of the government to provide more funding for the research into the effectiveness of such medicines so that the people are not put at a risk.
The NICM director Alan Bensoussan said that underfunding has led to some medicines coming into the market without any evidence that such as treatment works. "As a nation we collect at least $100 million in GST off complementary medicines, but I don't see any of that going back to shoring up the evidence for consumers. There's an obligation on government to do that for consumers", he said.