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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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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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ABC1 The Checkout: Swisse Chlorophyll

See the advertisement for As “evidence” for the claims made they cite: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ, 2013). Nutrition, Health And Related Claims, Standard 1.2.7. 1–48. Now view this segment of The Checkout (Episode 3, March 6, 2014). See also … Continue reading

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Souvenaid update

A recent NPS review is relevant: http://www.nps.org.au/health-professionals/health-news-evidence/2014/souvenaid Also, I understand that the subsidy of Souvenaid was considered at a recent meeting of the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Reference Committee (RPRC). I have yet to be informed of the outcome. Finally, I am … Continue reading

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Souvenaid again

In a media release dated Sept 10, 2013 Nutrica claimed that the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has announced reimbursement of Souvenaid. I wrote to the Secretariat of the DVA Repatriation Pharmaceutical Reference Committee asking on what grounds this product was this product put … Continue reading

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Pharmacist (Gerald Quigley) inappropriately promotes Betaglucare (7 Today Tonight)

A colleague asked me how to deal with the claims made for this product in a recent Channel 7 Today Tonight segment, “Tips to lower cholesterol”, featuring pharmacists Gerald Quigley and Lesley Braun. The video voice-over noted that 1 in … Continue reading

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Souvenaid update

Martijn B. Katan PhD, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition, Dept of Health Sciences, VU University, Amsterdam has written a review of this product for the Dutch Medical Journal (Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde). The author has kindly provided an English translation. His review complements my own concerns previous … Continue reading

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Regulations around food-medicine products fail to protect consumers

The Souvenaid® case. by

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Food manufacturers forced to prove health claims?

http://www.pharmacynews.com.au/opinion/food-manufacturers-forced-to-prove-health-claims In this article, Kos Sclavos, Pharmacy Guild of Australia national president, noted, “General level health claims can be supported by either FSANZ pre-approved claims or industry self-substantiated food-health relationships. High level health claims will require pre-approval by FSANZ.” Self-substantiation … Continue reading

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