Category Archives: Natural Therapies

TGA provides complementary medicine industry with “Get Out of Jail Free card”

The TGA have recently given approval (under section 42DF of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989) for a restricted advertising representation by The Tomato Pill Company for Ateronon XY Pro: “Saw Palmetto is traditionally used in herbal medicine to help relieve the … Continue reading

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U3A Melbourne City Short Course – Complementary Medicine: Exploring the Issues

Healthy growth, healthy people? The value of sales of Australian complementary medicines (CM) has doubled from $2.3 billion to $4.7 billion in just over three years. This corresponds to a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 26.9% compared to the 1.7% … Continue reading

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Concerns about the Exposure Draft of Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

See the paper: “Concerns about the Exposure Draft of Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017” See also submissions to TGA Consultations on “regulatory reform”     by

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Australian Male Hormone Clinic (AMHC) convicted and fined $127,500 plus costs

http://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/2017-10-04-media-release-advertising.aspx However, the company concerned was placed into voluntary liquidation on 12 September 2017 and presumably will escape the fines and costs.  Many consumers taken in by these scams are left out of pocket. The regulators concerned move far too slowly to … Continue reading

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Seminar Program, Papers and Presentations: The Advertising of Therapeutic Goods and Services (and its regulation)

Seminar program Papers Ken Harvey. Seminar Background Paper Sitesh Bhojani and Jodie Valadon. The multi-regulator model for Australian Consumer Law: effective or useless? Paul Lacaze & Jane Tiller. Online Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing in Australia: Concerns, Regulation and Recommendations Presentations delivered … Continue reading

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Kid’s vitamin gummies: unhealthy, poorly regulated and exploitative

See: https://theconversation.com/kids-vitamin-gummies-unhealthy-poorly-regulated-and-exploitative-76466. Taken up by: https://ajp.com.au/news/whats-wrong-kids-vitamin-gummies/ https://www.medicalobserver.com.au/medical-news/paediatrics/kids-vitamin-gummies-unhealthy-poorly-regulated-and-exploitative https://croakey.org/kids-vitamin-gummies-unhealthy-poorly-regulated-and-exploitative/ http://www.pharmacydaily.com.au/news/gummies-blasted/65735 http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/experts-call-for-lolly-vitamins-aimed-at-kids-to-be-banned-because-theyre-unhealthy/news-story/2e1c45b5e7ed1d402f5373eda45fb530 by

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MWI now in liquidation; but referrals continue

See: http://www.smartcompany.com.au/finance/80550-medical-weightloss-institute-enters-voluntary-administration-named-2016-shonky-awards/ https://insolvencynotices.asic.gov.au/browsesearch-notices/notice-details/GTC-Medical-Pty-Ltd-TAs-Medical-Weightloss-Institute-606851110/b75620bb-0d68-4c25-a380-638ca7695f1d However, Australian Custom Pharmaceuticals (Acpharm), who supplied the compounded medicines used by MWI, appear to be encouraging patients of MWI to continue to see doctors who were involved with MWI. See below: From: Matt Chalmers <matt@acpharm.com.au> Sent: ######## … 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   by

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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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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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