Australia is to inquire into GPs' sale of complementary medicinesBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7570.672-d (Published 28 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:672
- Christopher Zinn
An ethical debate has arisen among Australia's doctors after the federal government announced plans to investigate the sale of complementary medicines by GPs.
The Australian Medical Association said that doctors' purchase of vitamins on a wholesale basis to sell to patients was an ethical minefield.
But a former president of the association, Kerryn Phelps, has rejected allegations of conflict of interest, saying that there is little difference between doctors selling complementary medicines and veterinarians selling dog food.
The federal parliamentary secretary for health, Christopher Pyne, last week announced plans for an investigation …