Author Archives: Dr Ken Harvey

About Dr Ken Harvey

Public Health Physician, Medical activitist

Caruso’s Prostate EZE Max gets a TGA AUST L(A) listing

A new ‘TGA assessed’ symbol and AUST L(A) listing on complementary medicines are meant to alert consumers that the TGA had assessed their health claims and found them supported by scientific evidence. On May 26, 2021, Caruso’s Prostate EZE Max … Continue reading

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TGA lifts ban on GPs promoting COVID-19 vaccines

I posted the following comment to: TGA lifts ban on GPs promoting COVID-19 vaccines | Australian Doctor Group (ausdoc.com.au) Of course, health practitioners should be able to educate the public about COVID-19 vaccination! But “Such rewards can be monetary or … Continue reading

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Indemnity for vaccine manufacturers but not Australians

Typically, the Morrison government has provided indemnity for vaccine manufacturers but not Australians who are at risk of the exceedingly rare, but sometimes fatal, blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. A no-fault vaccine injury compensation scheme recognises that if … Continue reading

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Hangover products still advertised despite complaints and lack of evidence

From July 2018 to July 2020, complaints about a convenience sample of eighteen complementary medicine hangover products, by eight sponsors, advertised on thirty different Internet sites (cases) were submitted to the TGA. It was alleged that all these advertisements breached … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Talks to U3A Melbourne City

COVID-19 Vaccines – Topics: The Immune System How vaccines work Three ways to make vaccines How COVID-19 vaccines compare Side effects Australian roll-out, 2021 Administration and precautions Additional shots for healthy ageing Resource links This talk can be downloaded as … Continue reading

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Complementary medicines weight loss complaints submitted to the TGA in 2018-2019. Follow-up in February 2021.

From July 2018 to July 2019, complaints about a convenience sample of twenty-tw0 complementary medicine weight loss products, by eight sponsors, advertised on 140 different Internet sites (cases) were submitted to the TGA. FatBlaster products sponsored by Cat Media (Naturopathica) … Continue reading

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Unnecessary, expensive and potentially dangerous supplements consumed by older Australians

A new study found almost 75% of older Australians take at least one type of dietary supplement or complementary medicine, most of which are not recommended by current medical opinion. The researchers said that the widespread use of complementary medicine … Continue reading

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Resignation from TGACC

My resignation from the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Consultative Committee (TGACC) was precipitated by the non-response of Adj Professor John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary, Health Products Regulation Group, Department of Health, to long-standing issues raised yet again at the Skepticon 2020 regulatory … Continue reading

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Independent Review of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Framework: Recommendations

In 2018, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, committed to a review of the impact of the new therapeutic goods advertising measures within two years from the commencement of the changes to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to … Continue reading

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Complementary medicine weight loss products complaints submitted to the TGA in 2018-2019. Follow-up July 2020

This research was conducted by a team of Monash University BSc students on a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement, supervised by Assoc Prof Ken Harvey. The team reviewed the following complaints submitted on: 6 July 2018, Pharmacare Laboratories FatBlaster FatMagnet products, … Continue reading

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