Category Archives: Pharmaceutical Promotion

Independent Review of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Framework: Recommendations

In 2018, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, committed to a review of the impact of the new therapeutic goods advertising measures within two years from the commencement of the changes to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to … Continue reading

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Towards independence from commercial interests in health

An important collection of resources from the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Growing evidence shows that extensive financial relationships between industry and healthcare decision makers distort scientific research, medical education and the practice of medicine. The biggest problem is that industry … 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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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 consultation

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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Monash students present at Skepticamp 2020

Two Monash BHSc students doing a work placement with me presented their work at the Airey’s Inlet Summer Skepticamp on February 29, 2020. Their presentation documented a number of complaints they had worked up which were then submitted to the … 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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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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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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