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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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TGA Consultation Submissions: Regulatory reform of complementary medicines and advertising

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 Draft List of Permitted Indications Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code See also: Australian patients vulnerable … Continue reading

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Chemist Warehouse-Swisse-Voost AFL grand final promotion kicked

A formal complaint has been lodged with government health authorities around last weekend’s Chemist Warehouse- Swisse-Voost AFL grand final promotion (PD 28 Sep). The promotion, described by the company as the largest it had ever undertaken, was described by Dr … 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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Case study (Sept 8, 2018 Seminar): AMI begat MWI begat AMHC…

In the beginning there was the Advanced Medical Institute (AMI).   AMI begat the Medical WeightLoss Institute (MWI)   MWI begat the Australian Male Hormone Clinic (AMHC)     This presentation and others are now available. See also: Yet another weight … 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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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! by

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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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MWI: Patient stories

See NINE TV News 22/09/2016 (Devon) More below; some names have been changed but the stories are authentic. Rosemary said: I first became aware of the Medical Weightloss Institute through its full page ad in the Brisbane Courier Mail in June … Continue reading

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A compounding pharmacy has been criticised for dispensing a withdrawn substance… but is the reproval warranted?

The compounder, the doctor and the institute In response to the defence offered in this AJP article by compounding pharmacist Daryll Knowles and MWI chief spruiker Geoff Jowett (and concerns expressed by Jarrod McMaugh and Jignesh Patel) I provide the following additional information. … Continue reading

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