Good call

June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

from Consumer.. re retail chemos..

A study of 21 health food stores and 21 pharmacies found health food stores were more likely to recommend products that could react with a prescribed medication.

Although pharmacies did better than health stores, a third of pharmacies gave inappropriate advice.

In the study, co-authored by researchers at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, University of Otago, and Capital and Coast District Health Board, a mystery shopper visited the stores and complained of tiredness. The shopper also explained to staff that he’d been taking warfarin over the previous two months for treatment of a pulmonary embolus (a blockage in the lung).

The study found the health food stores recommended more products than the pharmacies – and that they were more likely than the pharmacies to recommend products that could interact with warfarin.

Only four of the health food stores (and 13 of the pharmacies) either recommended a product that wouldn’t interact with the warfarin, or made no product recommendation.

The study’s authors say the results highlight the need for formal training of retail staff in health food stores and pharmacies, and better regulation of natural health products.

Revised proposals to tighten controls on these products were released in 2010 with legislation expected to be introduced this year. But little progress has been made.

The very least a retail buyer might expect for his/her own safety is a contra-indication advisory – yep, also expressed on the label as presciption-life data for the sold – (dispensed) pack. Training, sure, but this is again a least expectation as to professionalism from suppliers. If self-regulation is the issue – and likely it is (along with excuses about costs etc) – then mandatory ought replace voluntary.. whose notions are too supplicant retail or any similar commercial practise profitability.

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