The Welsh Medicines Information Centre (WMIC) offers a specialist enquiry answering service in the field of Complementary Medicines. The service offers enquiry answering support to UK Medicines Information (UKMI) centres and their staff.
Medicines Information (MI) centres can find further information on our Specialist Pharmacy Services website. Other healthcare professionals who have complementary medicine related enquiries should contact their local MI centre in the first instance. Members of the public should contact their GP, local pharmacist or NHS Direct Wales.
The WMIC does not have access to specialist clinicians but endeavours to build and maintain links with specialists in various fields of Complementary Medicine.
We hold a wide range of text books on Complementary Medicines and subscribe to key electronic databases such as AltMedex® and the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database®. We aim to keep up-to-date with other resources available online, such as websites and newsgroups. The WMIC has been the specialist advisory service for Complementary Medicines for over 30 years and has an extensive collection of past enquiries, papers and information from a range of sources.
In addition to providing enquiry answering support to UK MI centres we also provide a complementary medicine enquiry answering service to local users in both primary and secondary care.
Publications and Contribution to UKMi activities
The service contributes its expertise to UKMi activities by participating in the;
- Development of Q&As, bulletins and summaries.
- Development of training materials for UKMi and other healthcare professionals.
- Participation at conferences and other events.
Q&As, Bulletins and Summaries
- Chondroitin – drug interactions
- Chondroitin – what are the adverse effects?
- Is it safe for breastfeeding women to take herbal medicines?
- Is it safe to take herbal medicines during pregnancy?
- Considerations when addressing questions about potential for adverse effects and drug interactions with homeopathic remedies