Good morning, early birds. The Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) meets today to discuss, inter alia, compensation for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Plus, is it even possible to "tonify" one's kidney essence? The TPA comes under fire for allegedly loose labelling practices on vitamin products. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.
The decision to ban consumers from managing pain with codeine will cost taxpayers, and is based on some bizarre assumptions.
A new drug has been found to be remarkably effective at preventing the spread of HIV. But Australians will have to wait -- possibly years -- before it is available here.
Authorities have received more applications for exemptions under anti-doping regulations since the latest drugs in sport scandal. But ASADA insists that could just be a coincidence.
There is something wrong when a major pharmaceutical company can veto patient safety and seemingly undermine the drug regulator to safeguard profits, writes Carol Bennett of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia.
Another weekend, another excellent Sunday Herald Sun article talking up pill peddlers Swisse Vitamins in their PR war to fend off the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Anything less than full disclosure about lack of testing compromises the capacity of health consumers to appropriately purchase and use complementary medicines, writes Carol Bennett, chief executive officer, Consumers Health Forum of Australia.
Governments are reluctant to tackle a lack of transparency in the labelling and marketing of the complementary medicines, writes Carol Bennett, chief executive officer of the Consumers Health Forum.
An independent review examining how the TGA could become more open and accountable in providing information to the public, including via the media, is coming up and Melissa Sweet summarises the submission from Croakey, Crikey's health blog.
Despite many products -- from a "penile rigidity device" to fat and cellute reduction machines -- having TGA’s approvals, there is no evidence to support any of their claims, writes Loretta Marron, a former Australian Sceptic of the Year.