Complementary meds a billion-dollar industry

Australians spend more than $1 billion a year on complementary medicines (CAM), but very few patients discuss their use with their doctor, NPS MedicineWise research shows.

As many as three in five people take multivitamin or mineral supplements, according to the survey of 1,000 Australians. 

But only 14% of people who said they took complementary medicines had discussed with their doctor whether it was safe to do so.

Two-thirds of participants said they had taken a multivitamin or mineral supplement in the past year, while 64% were taking the complementary medicines on