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AHPRA’s handling of complaints about pharmacist Gerald Quigley

My students involvement in this complaint about Gerald Quigley was reported last December in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy. In addition to sending a complaint to the TGACRP, my students also sent a complaint about Gerald Quigley to AHPRA AHPRA’s … 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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Retail genetics

Harvey K, Diug B. Editorial: Retail genetics. Aust Prescr 2017; 40:86-71 Jun 2017 See also: Somogyi A, Phillips E. Genomic testing as a tool to optimise drug therapy. Aust Prescr 2017; 40:101-41 Jun 2017     by

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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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Seminar: The Advertising of Therapeutic Goods and Services (and its regulation), Sept 8, 2017

In March 2016, a seminar on this topic attracted over 100 people to the Sydney University Health Law Centre. One outcome was a decision to hold a follow-up seminar in Melbourne in Sept-Oct 2017. The 2017 seminar is being organised … 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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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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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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