Complementary complexities

A formulation of glucosamine hydrochloride makes a surprising appearance on the TGA’s small list of registered complementary medicines — those that have undergone evaluation for safety, quality and efficacy.

According to Dr Ken Harvey, an adjunct associate professor at La Trobe University’s school of public health, when challenged last year about the evidence for the product’s efficacy, the TGA noted it had been ‘judged by the standards of the time’ — in 1999.