Which supplements work? New labels may help separate the wheat from the chaff

ANALYSIS

New proposals from the TGA should give people a better idea if their complementary medicines do what's stated on the packet.

One proposed change is a “stamp of approval” on the packaging and promotional material of some vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements to tell you there is enough evidence to back health claims.

Other proposals include reducing the number of often unsubstantiated indications that manufacturers of complementary medicines currently make on their TGA application, which are then used as the basis for advertising claims

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