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AHPRA’s handling of complaints about pharmacist Gerald Quigley

My students involvement in this complaint about Gerald Quigley was reported last December in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy. In addition to sending a complaint to the TGACRP, my students also sent a complaint about Gerald Quigley to AHPRA AHPRA’s … Continue reading

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Monash University SPHPM “Whack-a-mole” project 2017

Overview: The aim is to provide students with practical experience of the role of regulators in protecting the public from false and misleading therapeutic claims by product sponsors and health practitioners. Why “Whack-a-mole”: Because, given deficiencies in the current regulatory system, … Continue reading

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TGA Consultation Submissions

The regulatory framework for advertising therapeutic goods Reforms to the regulatory framework for complementary medicines – assessment pathways Options for the future regulation of “low-risk” products   by

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Victorian government crack down on dodgy health providers

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-laws-to-crack-down-on-dodgy-health-providers/ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-09/government-to-ban-gay-conversion-therapy-health-providers/7151016 http://www.coaghealthcouncil.gov.au/Publications/Consultation/ArtMID/515/ArticleID/40/A-National-Code-of-Conduct-for-health-care-workers The problem is that until all States & Territories introduce uniform legislation the unregistered Dr Dodgy will simply move and set up shop interstate. by

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End of Life Choices

Made a presentation to the Parliament of Victoria, Legal and Social Issues Committee, Inquiry into End of Life Choices on behalf of Doctors for Voluntary Euthanasia Choice on Oct 15. 2015. by

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ABC RN Interview – Drug company marketing on doctor’s choices

This interview with Michael Mackenzie (ABC Radio National, Friday 28th August, 2015, 14:40 minutes) can be heard here. It was based on a recent lecture given to Monash University pharmacology students. by

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Australian docs who accept pharma money must be named – ACCC

Australia’s competition and consumer watchdog (ACCC) has demanded that drug companies publicly name any doctor who accepts consultancy or speaker fees or free travel and accommodation. Unless this condition is complied with the ACCC will not authorise Medicines Australia’s latest … Continue reading

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Latest Nurofen complaint sent to TGA because of non-compliance

As predicted, Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd have ignored the latest CRP determination. Their non-compliance has now been referred to the TGA for a Regulation 9 order.  It remains to be seen what effect this will have. To my knowledge, since November 2010 … Continue reading

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Bayer still balks at CRP & TGA Berocca multi-vitamin decision

In October 2010, I complained about the promotion of this product. On 18 November 2010, Jane Halton, Secretary of the Department of Health & Ageing, presented Bayer Australia with the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) Marketing Award for the best … Continue reading

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Soodox (ARTG 189797) Promotion breaches Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code

Promoted as, “Approved by the TGA” Oops! One would have hoped that a pharmacist would know: “Claims that a product is “TGA approved” are not permitted”. Also, “Fully licensed by the Australian Government’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). That means peace-of-mind for Soodox users… … Continue reading

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