Popular natural treatments used to manage hay fever, stress, insomnia, joint aches, teething, and other medical conditions will continue to be sold on pharmacy shelves after a landmark win for consumers.
In June 2017 a report to the Federal Government recommended natural medicine and treatments, including homoeopathic products, be banned or restricted from sale in pharmacies. The proposed ban was part of the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation, known as the King Review which suggested banning homoeopathic products and placing restrictions on the sale of other complementary medicine products in PBS pharmacies.
Tens of thousands of consumers protested with nearly 80,000 people joining the Your Health Your Choice campaign to call on the Governmet to protect their right of choice to access natural medicines.
At the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference on the Gold Coast (May 3) Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt released the Government’s response amid a raft of reform announcements.