Complementary medicines include complementary medicine ingredients such as vitamin, mineral, herbal material, aromatherapy and homoeopathic preparations. They are non-prescription medicines and are also known as alternative medicines.
Complementary medicines are non-prescription medicines. They are medicines that primarily contain complementary medicine ingredients that have an established identity and tradition of use. Examples of complementary medicine ingredients are:
- plant material
- nutritional substances
- essential oils
- animal material.
Most complementary medicines are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) as listed medicines.
- Read our safety advisory for Medicines containing Withania somnifera (Withania, Ashwagandha). Be aware of potential gastrointestinal symptoms and very rare cases of liver injury.
- Sub Herbal is recalling all batches supplied in Australia of Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Rehmannia Six Formula) supplements as a precaution. There is potential for the medicine to result in unacceptable amounts of lead.
- The TGA has issued 2 infringement notices totalling $37,560 to Queensland-based company Akula Foods Pty Ltd for the alleged unlawful import of unregistered complementary medicines
- Liquefy Health Pty Ltd fined for allegedly importing and advertising unapproved complementary medicinesThe TGA has issued 4 infringement notices totalling $75,120 to Liquefy Health Pty Ltd for the alleged unlawful importation and advertising of unapproved complementary medicines.
- Marvel Health (Australia) Pty Ltd fined $13,320 for alleged failure to comply with a request for information noticeWe issued an infringement notice for $13,320 to the New South Wales based company Marvel Health (Australia) Pty Ltd. This was for an alleged failure to comply with a notice to provide information about a complementary (listed) medicine.