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Sciblogs. Co. Nz rss contact about science agriculture technology health and medicine environment and ecology science and society events skepticon rss latest posts archive about contact « randomness and clustering: is the number of twins in timaru a mystery? Delayed gratification = success? » pharmacy customers perception of complementary and alternative medicine in pharmacies darcy cowan aug 05 no comments this post is syndicated from scepticon â» sciblogs – original post going through the papers cluttering my inbox i found this survey of australian pharmacy customers relating to their use of cam and their impressions of how pharmacists should approach the subject. buy viagra generic viagra viagra for sale viagra discount buy cheap viagra viagra online order viagra cheap generic viagra online Regular readers of sciblogs may remember a kerfuffle earlier in the year regarding the sale of homeopathic remedies in pharmacies, i and others were uncomfortable with these items being sold in pharmacies to begin with. Fortunately, when surveyed homeopathy didn’t make it into the top ten modalities used in the last 12 months, though 3% noted that they had seen a homeopath. This survey was published in biomed central‘s journal of complementary and alternative medicine. I might point out that i disagree with the authors views of complementary medicine (cm) but i agree with many of the conclusions of the survey, though i suspect for different reasons. The survey included data from 1,221 respondents from 54 pharmacies that cover both rural and urban areas. Beyond that the methods aren’t particularly interesting, people filled out forms. Findings of the survey showed that a significant number of pharmacy customers think that it is important for pharmacists to be knowledgeable about cm and to know about their customer’s cm use. I would agree with this, pharmacists should be aware of how cm is marketed and of the claims made on order to give customers appropriate advice on effectiveness. Another result of the survey that helps with this point is that almost 70% of respondents agreed that they trust their pharmacist’s advice regarding cm. This reveals an excellent opportunity for education of the public regarding these modalities. In addition many of the respondent felt comfortable telling pharmacist about their cm use whereas previous research has shown this not to be the case for patients of other medical practitioners. Again this is an opportunity for pharmacists to assess the safety of cm modalities their patients are using, especial in conj.


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