Author Archives: Dr Ken Harvey

About Dr Ken Harvey

Public Health Physician, Medical activitist

Independent review: Consumer consultation

On 18 March 2020, the Review of the TGA Advertising Framework held a consultation with the consumer members of the TGACC. This was led by Rosemary Sinclair AM and involved Protiviti consultants, TGA staff and consumer rerpresentatives from Choice, Consumers … Continue reading

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Outcome of two student complaints

The ‘outcome’ of two student complaints shows the limitations of the TGA’s advertising framework. Outcome of student complaints: Case 1 On 11 December 2018, I submitted a compliant about Evolution Supplements, The King Kong Stack, TGA reference number AC-C7NJIKYV/2018. This complaint … Continue reading

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Quackwatch joins the Center for Inquiry

For many years, Quackwatch.org and its related websites have been an indispensable and trusted resource in the fight to expose the fraud of health-related pseudoscience and fake medicine. Their mission will continue as part of the Center for Inquiry. Quackwatch … Continue reading

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Monash students present at Skepticamp 2020

Two Monash BHSc students doing a work placement with me presented their work at the Airey’s Inlet Summer Skepticamp on February 29, 2020. Their presentation documented a number of complaints they had worked up which were then submitted to the … Continue reading

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Independent review: Therapeutic goods advertising

In February 2018, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, committed to an independent review of the impact of the new advertising measures within two years from the commencement of the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No.1) Act 2018. On … Continue reading

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Fraudulent IV drip therapy

The problem: NSW businesses are making claims for IV drip therapy that lack scientific evidence and exploit consumers. Claims include, ‘combats hangovers’, ‘removes toxins’, ‘removes fat’, ‘anti-ageing’, ‘prevents colds’, ‘boosts immunity’, ‘relieves fatigue’, ‘provides mental clarity’ and ‘improves memory function’. … Continue reading

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Complementary medicines: Exporting ‘White Australia Policy’

Prof Weerasuriya ( University of Colombo) has complained that ‘Australian made’ skin whitening products are being sold in Sri Lankan supermarkets (and presumably other Asian counties). Skin-whitening products are a multi-billion-dollar industry that push a racist idea that beauty equates … Continue reading

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Complimentary Medicines Australia ‘Fake News’

In fact, these three products were all listed as ‘FAIL‘ on the TGA web site: https://www.tga.gov.au/ws-labs-indexTesting category: Programmed; Product type: Comp medicines; Release date: May 2019 Burn with Svetol ARTG ID: 198697 Sponsor: Herbs of Gold Pty Ltd Reason for … Continue reading

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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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Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Monash BME 2032

Work Integrated Learning (Monash BME 2032) 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 work … Continue reading

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