New study finds trading standards close to breaking point trying to regulate misleading marketing claims on healthcare products
Ineffective and dangerous health products are being advertised to the public for serious medical conditions in breach of consumer protection regulations, while cash-strapped trading standards departments struggle to keep traders in line. A new study has confirmed that laws intended to protect vulnerable consumers against misleading health-related marketing claims are simply not being enforced.
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The results of a HealthWatch survey of medical students about their experience of CAM in the curriculum have now been published in Focus on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, December 2013:
Ho, D., Chan, K., Bewley, S. and Bender, D. A. (2013), Evidence-based medicine and complementary and alternative medicine teaching in UK medical courses: a national survey of the student experience. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 18: 176–181. doi: 10.1111/fct.12059, available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/fct.12059/abstract.
The pre-peer-reviewed version of this paper is available by clicking here.
There is an accompanying editorial:
Bender, D. A. (2013), What should medical students learn about complementary and alternative medicine?. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 18: 169–170. doi: 10.1111/fct.12056, available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/fct.12056/abstract
The pre-peer-reviewed version of this editorial is available by clicking here.