Category Archives: Pharmaceutical Promotion

Vitamin company Swisse calls for self-regulation of complementary medicine advertising

http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/vitamin-company-swisse-calls-for-selfregulation-of-complementary-medicine-advertising-20170315-guz8l5.html Well they would say that wouldn’t they!

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NSW HCCC Public Warning: Medical Weight Loss Institute (MWI)

Public warning under section 94A of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 – Non-evidence Based Weight Loss Programs See also: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-18/warning-issued-about-clinic-supplying-controversial-diet-drugs/8360590 https://www.9now.com.au/nine-news/nsw/episode-70 (26 minutes in) http://www.australiandoctor.com.au/News/Latest-News/GPs-don-t-know-what-we-know-weight-loss-clinic http://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/latest-news/duty-of-care-compelled-doctor-to-keep-offering-unp http://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/latest-news/pharmacist-claims-he-s-the-victim-of-witch-hunt https://ajp.com.au/news/weight-loss-warning/ http://issues.pharmacydaily.com.au/2017/Mar17/pd140317.pdf At last! But it took 8 months to get this warning … Continue reading

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ABC Media Watch – NINE ACA “ADHD breakthrough” – that doesn’t work!

http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s4627196.htm Also, something fishy in the oil on ABC Health Report with Norman Swan RN, Monday 27th February https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgZa75PD8V?play=true  

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2016 Monash University SPHPM Summer Vacation Scholarship Program Award

The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) Summer Vacation Scholarship Program supports the education of promising tertiary students by providing a means to engage and gain experience in research during the University summer vacation period. The program is … Continue reading

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Complementary medicine vending machines (with coke)… has it all gone too far?

“Vitamin Warehouse is now installing the world’s first refrigerated vitamins and health supplements vending machines with 42inc digitalised android touch screen computers allowing customers direct chat one on one with any of the brands sold in our machines. As well … Continue reading

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ABC 4-Corners Swallowing It: How Australians are spending billions on unproven vitamins and supplements.

http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2017/02/13/4616948.htm FEATURE: What’s the evidence supporting the use of Australia’s favourite supplements? | ABC Health & Science | 13 Feb 2017 – http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2017-02-13/a-closer-look-at-australias-most-popular-supplements/8265840 STUDY Is your pharmacist giving you the right advice? We put pharmacists to the test – what do … Continue reading

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Revive Health for All! Meet at PHA Bhaban, Bangladesh, 10-25 Nov, 2017

The initiative: Zafrullah Chowdhury formulated the idea of an international meeting following the December 2016 decision of the High Court of Delhi to set aside the March 2016 decision of the Indian Central Government banning 344 irrational fixed dose combinations (FDC). Zafrullah … Continue reading

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Comment: Nurofen fine still insufficient; Hangover clinic craziness

Nurofen fine still insufficient I support call to increase fines for misleading consumers, after Nurofen makers stung a mere $6 million: http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/content/s4593980.htm  See also: Makers of Nurofen will feel no pain from $6 mil fine: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/s4593769.htm Hangover clinic craziness  My … Continue reading

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TGA Consultation: The regulatory framework for advertising therapeutic goods

Information about this consultation is available here. A submission by my students (Sasha Hall and Tiana Moutafis) and myself is now available.  This may be of interest to people writing their own. See also: Australia’s regulation of complementary medicines claims is badly flawed. And: Dodgy … Continue reading

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Australian Skeptics National Convention; Skepticamp; TGA Consultation

  http://convention.skeptics.com.au/  2016 Australian Skeptic of the Year: Jointly awarded to Mal Vickers and Ken Harvey for their continued and determined efforts which have made a significant impact on exposing malpractice in the chiropractic industry and its governing bodies. Two talks: … Continue reading

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