Safety of Anthroposophic Medicinal Products

High safety and low rates of side effects are usually claimed as typical features of CAM medicinal products. However, opponents often point to the low scientific base and high possibility of positive bias for this claim,

  • as side effects may not be recognized and related to the medication by the patient because many CAM medicinal products are used for self medication
  • as side effect may not be reported by patients because of strong positive beliefs into their CAM treatment
  • as side effects may not be reported by doctors because of strong positive attitudes to the provided medications 
  • as scientific analyses are difficult because of the lack of standardized registers.

The EVAMED network is dealing with prescription practice and drug events in anthroposophic medicine and encompassing general practitioners, specialists and clinics having been set up on a specially developed web-based internet platform.

The EVAMED Network was established in 2004. At the moment 40 anthroposophic physicians are connected electronically within the network. The EVAMED network was able to record so far the largest cohorts actually using complementary and integrative medicine in Germany. It consequently succeeded in ascertaining the indications of a wide range of drugs with no indications (so-called registered drugs), recording the structure of therapy concepts and drawing comparisons with regular treatment regimes. 
At the moment the database encompasses more than 62. 685 patients with 648.372 prescriptions. The rate of side effects in this population related to an anthroposophic medicinal product was <100, none of them severe (Source:

The EVAMED has been acknowledged by the German BfArM (Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices) as a best practice example for the documentation of drug events.

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