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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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Surf Coast Spring Skepticamp VII – 14 September 2019

My presentation, “Shayna Jack, sports supplements and regulators” may be of interest. 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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Monash University SPHPM “Whack-a-mole” project 2017

Overview: The aim is to provide students with practical experience of the role of regulators in protecting the public from unethical therapeutic claims by product sponsors and health practitioners.Why “Whack-a-mole”: Because, given deficiencies in the current regulatory system, no sooner … Continue reading

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Kid’s vitamin gummies: unhealthy, poorly regulated and exploitative

See: https://theconversation.com/kids-vitamin-gummies-unhealthy-poorly-regulated-and-exploitative-76466. Taken up by: https://ajp.com.au/news/whats-wrong-kids-vitamin-gummies/ https://www.medicalobserver.com.au/medical-news/paediatrics/kids-vitamin-gummies-unhealthy-poorly-regulated-and-exploitative https://croakey.org/kids-vitamin-gummies-unhealthy-poorly-regulated-and-exploitative/ http://www.pharmacydaily.com.au/news/gummies-blasted/65735 http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/experts-call-for-lolly-vitamins-aimed-at-kids-to-be-banned-because-theyre-unhealthy/news-story/2e1c45b5e7ed1d402f5373eda45fb530 by

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ABC1 The Checkout: Swisse Chlorophyll

See the advertisement for As “evidence” for the claims made they cite: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ, 2013). Nutrition, Health And Related Claims, Standard 1.2.7. 1–48. Now view this segment of The Checkout (Episode 3, March 6, 2014). See also … 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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