Author Archives: Dr Ken Harvey

About Dr Ken Harvey

Public Health Physician, Medical activitist

Vitamins are not a substitute for a healthy diet

In response to Victorian Government, Better Health Channel, article, ‘Vitamin and mineral supplements‘. See also the excellent film ‘Vitamania‘. Next, the TGA needs to expand the Heading of Section 25 of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (No.2) 2018 to: ‘Vitamins, … Continue reading

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Monash BME2032 Work Integrated Learning (WIL) students

Monash BME 2032 (Biomedical industry based learning) enables students to apply discipline related knowledge to authentic, real-world situations in non-clinical, industry-focused work environments. It also provides opportunities to establish closer links between future graduates and industry partners. This summer, three … Continue reading

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Can a few zaps a day keep the pain away?

A nice article written by one of my Summer Vacation research assistants, Abdullah Sheriffdeen: ‘Can a few zaps a day keep the pain away?‘ Abdullah spent the summer of 2019 following up complaints sent to the Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA) … Continue reading

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Monash SPHPM Summer School Scholarship Student Research 2019

The Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Summer Vacation Scholarship Program supports the education of promising tertiary students by providing a means to engage and gain experience in research during the University summer vacation period. In 2019, … Continue reading

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Skepticon 2019, TGA, ACCC, Regulatory Panel Discussion

The Australian Skeptics National Convention returned to the University of Melbourne’s Carrillo Gantner Theatre on 7th and 8th December 2019. One feature was a regulatory panel discussion: Could Australian regulators better protect consumers from misleading and dangerous advertising of products making … Continue reading

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TGA decision to grant Special Access Scheme B approval for suspended breast implants

I recently submitted a complaint to the TGA about the promotion by JT Medical of ARTG suspended POLYTECH Breast implants (AC-G8RWXAES/2019). I was concerned that these implants were being promoted to the public with no mention of the risks of … Continue reading

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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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