Author Archives: Dr Ken Harvey

About Dr Ken Harvey

Public Health Physician, Medical activitist

TGA Consultation: Proposed clarification that certain sports supplements are therapeutic goods

See: https://www.tga.gov.au/consultation/consultation-proposed-clarification-certain-sports-supplements-are-therapeutic-goods . In Australia, food and medicines are regulated under separate legislated frameworks commensurate with their intended use and the potential risks they pose to public health and safety. Whether a product for oral consumption is a food or … Continue reading

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Eligibility for Country of Origin Claims in the Complementary Medicines Sector – RIS Consultation

For background see: https://www.medreach.com.au/made-in-australia-complementary-medicine-taskforce-established-foi-report-outcome/ For the Regulatory Impact Statement Consultation Report. Eligibility for Country of Origin claims in the Complementary Medicines Sector. Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. See: https://consult.industry.gov.au/cool-taskforce/clarifying-eligibility-for-origin-claims/supporting_documents/EligibilityfororiginclaimsintheComplementaryMedicineSectorRIS.PDF The options suggested: I support option 3c. Pros: Consumers would … Continue reading

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TGA Therapeutic Goods Advertising Compliance 2018-19 Annual Report: Comments

On 1 July 2018, the TGA became the sole advertising complaints handling body as a result of recommendations from the Medicine and Medical Devices Regulation Review (MMDR). The inaugural 2018-19 report on the TGA’s work as the sole advertising complaints … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Goods Advertising Consultative Council meeting 17 October 2018

Off to Canberra to present, “An evaluation of the first 12 months of the TGA’s new advertising system” on behalf of Choice. The research was performed by Monash University Research and “Whack-a-mole” students. by

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Surf Coast Spring Skepticamp VII – 14 September 2019

My presentation, “Shayna Jack, sports supplements and regulators” may be of interest. by

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Australian Pharmacies sell contaminated CAMs; TGA regulation ratshit!

Recent Australian research has found nearly 50% of CAM products tested had contamination issues, with some showing the presence of animal ingredients, nuts, wheat, pharmaceuticals and toxins: See: https://ajp.com.au/news/australian-pharmacies-selling-contaminated-supplements/ https://www.ausdoc.com.au/news/doctors-warned-cam-contaminated-reindeer-and-frog-fragments https://www.theage.com.au/national/supplements-may-contain-traces-of-frog-but-will-they-make-you-croak-20190906-p52olk.html https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2019/09/07/secret-ingredients-herbal-medicines/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31472365 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40290-018-0252-8 This is yet another example of … Continue reading

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‘Reprehensible’ prescribing to vulnerable patients

MWI complaint submitted and publicised 23 June 2016; legal threats rebutted by Maurice Blackburne Lawyers pro bono, won 2016 Choice Shonky award, three years later we finally have an outcome. “A medical practitioner has been found guilty of professional misconduct … Continue reading

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More complaints to TGA about illegal body building and weight loss supplements

The TGA recently had a $10 million fine awarded by the Federal Court against Peptide Clincs Pty Ltd for breaches of advertising regulations, including advertising prescription-only medicines to the public. However, the company involved had gone into liquidation some months … Continue reading

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Multiple breaches of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code by companies advertising weight loss products

The Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (No. 2) 2018, s.26(3)(a) says: An advertisement for therapeutic goods containing any claim relating to weight management must not feature individuals in images or visual representations This version of the Code took effect on 1 … Continue reading

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MyDNA pharmacy assistant rewards program

I allege that this program breaches S.18 of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (No.2) 2018 “An advertisement must not offer any personal incentive to a pharmacy assistant, or any retail salesperson who is not a health professional, to recommend or … Continue reading

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