Author Archives: Dr Ken Harvey

About Dr Ken Harvey

Public Health Physician, Medical activitist

Therapeutic Goods Advertising Consultative Committee, First meeting today

This committee has replaced the now abolished Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code Council. Choice (Australian Consumers’ Association) was a member of previous Code Council (and Complaint Resolution Panel). No doubt the failure of the TGA to invite Choice to this new … Continue reading

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TGA Consultation: Proposed therapeutic goods advertising code guidance

This submission by Alanna Rottler, Mal Vickers and myself  has also has been endorsed by Friends of Science in Medicine. Our previous submissions to TGA consultations have noted that many recommendations made by civil society had been ignored. Most have … Continue reading

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Natural health products the largest selling OTC medicines in 2015–16

From Australia’s health 2018 (full publication; 4 June 2018 edition); see also: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-03/chart-of-the-day-natural-therapies-vitamins/10328514 These results reflect the large amount of money spent on marketing these products (Swisse $50 million per annum) and the failure of the regulator (the TGA) to act on … Continue reading

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APHC 2018 Contested Policy: Complementary Medicines and Advertising Reform

Chair: Ken Harvey Speakers: John Skerritt – Overview of MMD recommendations Alanna Rottler – Pre-approval of certain advertisements to cease Jon Wardle – Permitted indications to replace ARTG ‘free text’ Alanna Rottler – A new listing pathway (and an optional … Continue reading

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TGA advertising system concerns: response from TGA

For background see: http://www.medreach.com.au/?p=2778 From: SKERRITT, John <John.Skerritt@health.gov.au> Sent: Tuesday, 18 September 2018 21:13 To: ken.harvey@medreach.com.au Cc: MCLAY, Nicole <Nicole.McLay@health.gov.au>; FRANCIS, Jenny <Jenny.Francis@health.gov.au>; SKERRITT, John <John.Skerritt@health.gov.au> Subject: RE: Letter from ACCC – TGA advertising concerns [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] Dear Dr Harvey Thank you … Continue reading

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TGA advertising complaint system concerns: response from Minister Hunt and Ombudsman

Minister Hunt (or more likely the TGA) has now responded to my letter that expressed concerns about the new TGA advertising complaint system. The Minister confirms that the TGA’s advertising complaint system was designed to be non-transparent for low priority … Continue reading

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Complaint to Commonwealth Ombudsman – TGA advertising complaint system

From 1 July 2018, the Therapeutic Goods Administration took over the complaint system for the advertising therapeutic goods to the public from the Complaint Resolution Panel (CRP). Many concerns about this TGA takeover were submitted in consultation submissions. They were … Continue reading

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Another ineffective TGA complaint outcome: Detox Foot Pads Scams

Image purporting to show toxins withdrawn by detox foot pads. From (6/9/18): https://www.happynaturaltherapies.com.au/shop/happy-feet-foot-patches-box-40-20-pairs/ This product is on the ARTG no: 148412, sponsor: Rebark Trading Pty Ltd – Absorbent; Intended purpose: to absorb (to draw into itself) undesired toxins from the body. … Continue reading

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Letter to The Age 5/9/18 Spotlight on regulators

Your editorial (2/9) says the government should have a more rigorous process to protect consumers from ineffective treatments and products. There are government regulators that are meant to do this job but they are weak and ineffective. The Australian Health … Continue reading

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Non-transparent outcome of TGA complaint: Sawyer Extractor™ Pump for Snake Bite, AC-22VHXCSG/2018

Screen shot 03/09/2018: https://www.survivalsuppliesaustralia.com.au/products/sawyer-extractor-kit.php On 30/07/ 2018 I submitted that this was a “critical” complaint because it undermined accepted public health messages about the treatment of snakebite and was likely to lead to harm or injury if the claims were relied … Continue reading

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