Category Archives: Natural Therapies

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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TGA Submissions: Draft Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code and Complaint Handling

Draft Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code Submission Our submission noted that many previous Code recommendations made by civil society had been ignored. For example: Submissions from consumer and health professional organisations wanting advisory statements on all products with “traditional indications” to … Continue reading

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Choice takes campaign to disallow the Permissible Indications Determination to Canberra

Katinka Day, Choice Campaigns and Policy Team Lead, delivers mock-ups of shonky products allowed by the TGA’s permissible indications determination to Senators, see: https://campaigns.choice.com.au/tga-fact-over-fiction/ https://ajp.com.au/news/choice-calls-out-supplement-claims/ http://www.medreach.com.au/?p=2594 by

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Channel Nine ACA ADHD breakthrough; TGA response to FOI

For Background see: https://croakey.org/a-current-affairs-adhd-breakthrough-bona-fide-news-or-unethical-advertising/ On 27 March 2018, following FOI requests, the TGA confirmed that their Advertising Compliance Unit (ACU) did investigate a complaint about this program submitted by Prof Jon Jureidini to the Complaint Resolution Panel on 21 February 2017 … Continue reading

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ABC RN Roundtable: New regulatory framework for complementary medicines called into question

  Presented by Hugh Riminton Producer Skye Docherty   Broadcast Sunday 18 February, 2018. Listen or download here. Hugh interviewed: Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary for the Federal Department of Health in charge of medicines’ regulation Dr Cameron Loy is … Continue reading

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Letter in ‘The Australian’ 16/02/2018 – A triple cash burner

The revision of surgical procedures deemed “unnecessary, wasteful and risky” (“Health waste: spinal fusion added to list”, 14/2) is good news for the troubled health budget, but you must ask why this approach is so lamentably piecemeal, especially at the … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017 passed by Senate

This Bill was passed this morning (15/02/2018) by the Senate with the Labor supporting a Government amendment to continue advertising pre-approval (in mainstream media) for 2 years with a review after 18 months. The Government and Labor did not support … Continue reading

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Complementary medicines: The Peoples Choice?

An article in AJP asks, ‘Are complementary medicines conventional medicine’s inferior cousin or a key player in health?‘ The arguments put forward in this article in favor of complementary medicines are: They are frequently purchased by consumers (which fails to … Continue reading

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More Publicity on the Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017

‘Softens hardness’: TGA under fire for health claim list that critics say endorses pseudoscience New list of permitted advertising lines for complementary medicine products does little to protect consumers ‘The Project’ (09/02/2018)  also had a hilarious segment on TGA traditional indication craziness. … Continue reading

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Government machinations: Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017

I have reported previously on the Senate inquiry on this Bill and the public forum held to discuss civil society concerns (which TGA staff were instructed not to attend). The report of the Government controlled Senate Committee recommended that the … Continue reading

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