Category Archives: Medical Devices

COVID-19 Scams: Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)

PEMF Therapy Australia promotes Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) for the ‘Prevention and Healing Coronavirus Infections’ (and also other restricted representations such as diabetes). These devices do not appear to be listed on ARTG; they are therefore being illegally supplied … Continue reading

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Monash SPHPM Therapeutic Goods and Services Research Group 2020 pre- & post-COVID-19

Our action-orientated research helps consumers and health professionals make more informed choices about medicines and medical devices. We do this by analysing policy, making submissions to government, submitting complaints about unethical practice, encouraging regulators to act, being a credible source … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Scams: Hydrogen Technologies Pty Ltd

‘GROUNDBREAKING HYDROGEN TECHNOLOGY SHOWS SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL FOR FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS’ On 14 April 2020 a press release from Hydrogen Technologies Pty Ltd said: ‘Molecular hydrogen and oxygen technology is not only helping open the airways ofCoronavirus victims by reducing the inflammation … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Scams: Pete Evans BioCharger device

A $15,000 BioCharger device was recently spruiked by celebrity chef Pete Evans who claimed it could treat a range of ailments, including COVID-19. “It’s programmed with about 1,000 different recipes, there’s one in there for the Wuhan coronavirus,” Evans said. … 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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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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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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