Category Archives: Advertising

Experts warn that natural supplements can destroy your liver

Jane Hansen, The Sunday Telegraph January 13, 2019 (behind a paywall, extracts follow) It’s a multibillion-dollar business, and one in three Australians regularly take their products, but health experts are concerned the increasing popularity of herbs and supplements is contributing … Continue reading

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Made in Australia? Complementary Medicine Taskforce established

On 3 December 2018 the Federal Court ruled that imported products made into capsules in Australia is not enough for them to be labelled ‘Made in Australia’. The ACCC welcomed the Federal Court ruling that Nature’s Care Fish Oil 1000 … Continue reading

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Outcome of TGA Complaint AC-BULV1O9Q/2018, Gumby Gumby capsules: Compliance achieved? Updated 16/01/2018

This is the first complaint outcome reported where the TGA said compliance had been achieved after “formal action”. The complaint was received on 03/08/2018 and closed on 17/09/2018. If you didn’t know the TGA’s complaint reference (AC-BULV1O9Q/2018) you have to … Continue reading

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FOI application to view TGA “compliance notice sent with educational material” for complaint AC-KD45638R/2018 (Paingone)

This Freedom of Information (FOI) application reveals that the TGA summarised a detailed complaint alleging numerous specific breaches of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2015 by sending one sentence to the advertisers, “The complaint alleges the advertisement may be misleading … Continue reading

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Ear Candles: the outcome of TGA complaint AC-5TMWIYHC/2018

Ear candling is a widely promoted alternative medical practice that involves inserting and lighting a hollow candle in the ear canal. It is claimed that candling creates a vacuum that removes wax and that it can also relieve ear ache, … Continue reading

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A global investigation into medical device harm

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) latest investigation: The Implant Files. Everything you need to know about, “The Implant Files” Medical Devices Harm Patients Worldwide As Governments Fail On Safety Medtech Giant Pushes Boundaries As Casualties Mount And Sales … Continue reading

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TGA fails to act on the promotion and sale of unapproved therapeutic goods

Products not regulated by the TGA represent, “a serious risk” says the regulator in, “Buying medicines and medical devices“. “These items have a high chance of being counterfeit, containing the wrong amount of active ingredient, being contaminated with toxic chemicals, … Continue reading

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Vic Skeptics Café, 19/11/2018, Complementary Medicines, Advertising Reform and the TGA

Assoc Prof Ken Harvey and his School of Public Health students (left to right: Mal Vickers, Kithmini Cooray, Mary Malek, Ken Harvey) Speakers: Mal Vickers, Analysis of old and new advertising complaint systems Mary Malek, TGA consultation on “low risk” products Kithmini … Continue reading

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40 Years of Antibiotic Guidelines Anniversary Seminar, 13 November, 2018

Program: 40 Years of Antibiotic Guidelines Anniversary Seminar Event Chair: Dr Liz Marles, Chair, Board of Directors of Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd. Speakers: Fighting Antibiotic Resistance in Melbourne Hospitals  Associate Professor Ken Harvey, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University Surviving Antibiotic expert … Continue reading

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Letter to The Age 30/10/18: Probiotic Doubts (published)

I was disappointed to see that The Age published a full page, gushingly enthusiastic article about a probiotic product alleged to relieve and prevent mastitis (“Mums clamour for Aussie breast feeding probiotic“, 27/10). The article failed to report the dubious … Continue reading

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