Category Archives: Medical Devices

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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TGA Therapeutic Goods Advertising Compliance 2018-19 Annual Report: Comments

On 1 July 2018, the TGA became the sole advertising complaints handling body as a result of recommendations from the Medicine and Medical Devices Regulation Review (MMDR). The inaugural 2018-19 report on the TGA’s work as the sole advertising complaints … Continue reading

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MyDNA pharmacy assistant rewards program

I allege that this program breaches S.18 of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (No.2) 2018 “An advertisement must not offer any personal incentive to a pharmacy assistant, or any retail salesperson who is not a health professional, to recommend or … 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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Lectures in Canberra; ANU & FSANZ

In Canberra from 25th-27th March 2019 staying at University House, a guest of the ANU. Two lectures to ANU BHSc students: Antibiotic Resistance: A Threat to Global Health Health Activism: A Case Study of Health Action International Asia Pacific One … Continue reading

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Yet again a Victorian chiropractor manipulates a baby’s spine in ‘deeply disturbing’ video

Victoria’s health minister Jenny Mikakos has condemned a Melbourne chiropractor filmed hanging a two-week-old baby upside down by his ankles. She slammed the treatment as “unacceptable” and called on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to act. “The Chiropractic … Continue reading

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New Head for Health Watchdog

Monash University Associate Professor Ken Harvey AM is the new President of Friends of Science in Medicine. He replaces Professor John Dwyer AO, the founding president. Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM), founded in 2011, has grown to become a … Continue reading

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FOI application to view TGA “compliance notice sent with educational material” for complaint AC-KD45638R/2018 (Paingone)

This Freedom of Information (FOI) application reveals that the TGA summarised a detailed complaint alleging numerous specific breaches of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2015 by sending one sentence to the advertisers, “The complaint alleges the advertisement may be misleading … Continue reading

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Ear Candles: the outcome of TGA complaint AC-5TMWIYHC/2018

Ear candling is a widely promoted alternative medical practice that involves inserting and lighting a hollow candle in the ear canal. It is claimed that candling creates a vacuum that removes wax and that it can also relieve ear ache, … Continue reading

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