Category Archives: Complementary medicine

Professional misconduct: IV clinic pharmacist found guilty

In December 2015, two Monash summer vacation scholarship students helped me work up a complaint to the Pharmacy Board of Australia. The complaint alleged professional misconduct by IV clinic pharmacist, Shadi Kazeme. The IV.me Hydration Clinic was based at a … Continue reading

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Independent review: Consumer consulation

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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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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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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