Doctors warned: CAM contaminated with reindeer and frog fragments

One sample contained buclizine, a drug no longer used in Australia: study

Almost half of complementary and alternative medicines are contaminated despite many being registered for use in Australia, according to Murdoch University research.

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Reindeer fragments, banned drugs and paracetamol were among the non-listed ingredients found after testing 137 samples using DNA sequencing and mass spectrometry.

Nearly two-thirds of the products were on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods, and were purchased from Australian pharmacies, health food stores, traditional herbal retailers and online.

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