In view of the high usage of traditional medicine as and also its concurrent use with conventional medicines,it is critical to put in place
mechanisms that can:
1. Enable patients to disclose use so that interactions can be anticipated and managed
2. lncrease awareness on possible interactions and proper use
3. Strengthen collaboration with traditional health practitioners in research and promotion of safe use of traditional medicines
4. Put in place mechanisms to protect intellectual property rights for indegenous traditional medicines
In my opinion modern medicine and traditional medicine can be integrated effectively and lead to better outcomes for patients.
For this to happen there is need to foster trust and collaboration between the traditional health practitioners and morden medicine practitioners.
HIFA profile: Venus Mushininga is a pharmacist with the Ministry of Health and Childcare in Zimbabwe. She is a founder and President of the Zimbabwe Society of Oncology Pharmacy and the Zimbabewan delegate to the European Society of Oncology Pharmacy. Professional interests: Oncology, Dissemination of information through to Health Professionals and the public, Research. She is co-coordinator of the HIFA working group on information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines. Email: email@example.com http://www.hifa.org/projects/prescribers-and-users-medicines http://www.hifa.org/support/members/venus