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ACCC acts on Jacov Vaisman (AMI) and Peter Foster (SensaSlim)

Former Advanced Medical Institute director declared bankrupt For background see: AMI begat MWI begat AMHC… Peter Foster declared bankrupt For background see: SensaSlim banned after medico’s exposure of bogus scientific claims by

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Civil Society Public Forum on Therapeutic Goods Bill: Program, brief report and media coverage

A public forum was held at the Australian National University on 24 January, 2018  to air concerns about the impact on the regulation and advertising of complementary medicines under the Federal Government’s Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill, … Continue reading

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Very profitable: Australia overdosing on dietary supplements

https://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/very-profitable-australia-overdosing-dietary-supplements The marketing power of the complementary medicines industry has been highlighted by figures showing that half of Australian women and a third of men are taking dietary supplements. Supplements are taken predominantly by well-nourished people and often in excess … Continue reading

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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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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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