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Medical News & Perspectives
November 11, 1998

Alterations Are Ahead at the OAM

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JAMA. 1998;280(18):1553-1554. doi:10.1001/jama.280.18.1553

AS THE OFFICE of Alternative Medicine (OAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) celebrates its sixth year since its establishment by Congress, it faces some major changes.

Congress has given the office increased status and authority by naming it the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and has increased its budget from the current $20 million to $50 million. The provisions are included in the appropriations legislation for the Department of Health and Human Services. The action means that the newly named Alternative Medicine Center will be in a position to fund its research grants and other projects directly. As an office, its projects can only be funded through collaboration with other institutes or outside agencies.