What are plant-based medicines?
Plant-based medicines are therapeutics derived from nature.
Eligibility criteria for plant-based medicine in Australia
Doctors are responsible for determining whether plant-based medicine is an appropriate treatment option for a patient under their direct care. Patients should carefully always carefully consider potential benefits and risks of any treatment option proposed by their doctor. It is important for patients to have open and honest discussions with their doctor, to weigh the available evidence, and make informed decisions together.
If a different doctor prescribes a plant-based medicine, they must communicate with the patient’s usual doctor to avoid potential risks. Medical cannabis may interact with other medications and there may be side effects. Ensuring the prescribing doctor has all the necessary information is critical to ensure the patient is safe and receives appropriate treatment.