Complementary and Alternative Medicine: (1) The Texas Medical Association will: (a) advocate for stronger federal oversight and support additional quality studies of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM); (b) monitor Texas regulatory activities and trends in use of CAM to encourage communication between local public health entities and county medical societies, offering timely information on potential risks and scientifically proven benefits of specific CAM products; and (c) encourage physicians to register with the Food and Drug Administration to receive updates on suspected tainted products.
(2) TMA will (a) serve as a resource for physicians by monitoring and sharing information on quality, evidence-based studies of CAM related topics, such as the free online continuing medical education programs provided by the National Institutes of Health Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and resources offered by medical schools engaged in integrative health; and (b) convene physicians in integrative medicine and others with expertise to serve as an ongoing resource for physicians on CAM trends and issues.
(3) TMA recommends that physicians (a) ask about and include use of complementary products in the medication drug list for each patient; (b) counsel those who are using nonprescribed dietary supplements that these are non-regulated and their quality, effectiveness, and safety has not been established, and encourage patients to use reliable resources such as the NCCIH to learn about nonprescribed products or the use of mobile apps that offer up-to-date notices; and (c) counsel patients who are potentially vulnerable to adverse health outcomes because of their age or health condition or who are using prescribed medications to consult their physician before taking nonprescribed CAM products or starting new therapies (CSPH Rep. 4-A-16).
Last Updated On
October 07, 2016