Category Archives: Food

A medical food for depression?

Neurofolin® (containing 15 mg of L-methylfolate calcium) is a self-declared food for special medical purposes promoted for dietary support of depression management. Advertisments claim that L-methylfolate is, “an active form of folate known to be deficient in individuals with depressive … Continue reading

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MJA Insight: Two new articles on Food-Medicine regulation

Where food meets medicine: reform needed Junk food advertising to kids: the list of shame See also: FSANZ Sports Supplements Roundtable: Report on Discussions and Next Steps by

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TGA fails to act on illegal sports supplements

ABC story at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-30/canberra-fitness-community-not-fazed-by-sarms-health-risk/10930470 But, this problem was publicised last year and a complaint sent to the TGA And there are more complaints to the TGA that have not been dealt with: These are illegally supplied and promoted products by … Continue reading

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Food-medicine interface problems

FSANZ, Consumer and Public Health Dialogue, 27 March 2019, Canberra. I’ve now provided a report of my presentation and the discussion that ensured. Summary The regulation of health claims for foods and complementary medicines is inconsistent; complaint systems are problematic, … Continue reading

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Launch of TGA Advertising Hub – Initial experience of submitting complaints

The TGA Advertising hub has noted: “We are experiencing intermittent IT issues that are impacting this form. If you experience an error lodging a complaint, please try again later. We are working to fix this issue as a matter of … Continue reading

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Civil Society Hearing on Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill, ANU 24 Jan 2017

The Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) has tried to bypass the Senate Committee system on the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No.1) Bill by arguing that it was non-controversial! Which it certainly is not regarding its provisions for advertising and complementary … Continue reading

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U3A Melbourne City Short Course – Complementary Medicine: Exploring the Issues

Healthy growth, healthy people? The value of sales of Australian complementary medicines (CM) has doubled from $2.3 billion to $4.7 billion in just over three years. This corresponds to a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 26.9% compared to the 1.7% … Continue reading

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Souvenaid update

A recent NPS review is relevant: http://www.nps.org.au/health-professionals/health-news-evidence/2014/souvenaid Also, I understand that the subsidy of Souvenaid was considered at a recent meeting of the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Reference Committee (RPRC). I have yet to be informed of the outcome. Finally, I am … Continue reading

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Souvenaid again

In a media release dated Sept 10, 2013 Nutrica claimed that the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has announced reimbursement of Souvenaid. I wrote to the Secretariat of the DVA Repatriation Pharmaceutical Reference Committee asking on what grounds this product was this product put … Continue reading

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Pharmacist (Gerald Quigley) inappropriately promotes Betaglucare (7 Today Tonight)

A colleague asked me how to deal with the claims made for this product in a recent Channel 7 Today Tonight segment, “Tips to lower cholesterol”, featuring pharmacists Gerald Quigley and Lesley Braun. The video voice-over noted that 1 in … Continue reading

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