Author Archives: Dr Ken Harvey

About Dr Ken Harvey

Public Health Physician, Medical activitist

Avemar, a Food for Special Medical Purposes for Cancer Patients?

This case is yet another example of a major discrepancy in consumer protection between therapeutic claims made for medicines for which the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code applies (administered by the TGA), compared to therapeutic claims made for food for which … Continue reading

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TGA allows alcohol as a reward for COVID-19 vaccination

TGA rules initially prohibited alcohol, tobacco, or registered medicines from being offered as rewards to those who had received full COVID-19 vaccination. Accordingly, they had told the Prince Alfred Hotel in Port Melbourne to stop offering complimentary alcoholic beverages to vaccinated … Continue reading

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Have you got your COVID-19 vaccine yet?

The best vaccine is the one you have in your arm, now! Also, people have queried if the Individual HealthCare Identifier (IHI) on the vaccine certificate could allow others to access additional myGov information, such as My Health Record. The … Continue reading

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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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