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US-style pharma marketing hits Australian shores

US-style pharma marketing hits Australian shores

The American maker of a gynaecological surgical device is directly targeting Australian women, with a celebrity-doctor-endorsed online campaign which appears to flaunt advertising laws. 

Crikey Worm: COAG meets to discuss compensation for child abuse survivors

Crikey Worm: COAG meets to discuss compensation for child abuse survivors

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.

Bizarre nanny state codeine policy an excruciating headache for taxpayers

Bizarre nanny state codeine policy an excruciating headache for taxpayers

The decision to ban consumers from managing pain with codeine will cost taxpayers, and is based on some bizarre assumptions.

Wonder drug nearly stops the spread of HIV. And it’s coming to Australia … eventually

Wonder drug nearly stops the spread of HIV. And it’s coming to Australia … eventually

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.

Athletes ask for more exemptions for ‘therapeutic’ substances

Athletes ask for more exemptions for ‘therapeutic’ substances

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.

How Australia allows unsafe medicines to stay on the market

How Australia allows unsafe medicines to stay on the market

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.

Pill peddlers Swisse deploy Delta ahead of ‘clinically proven’ court ruling

Pill peddlers Swisse deploy Delta ahead of ‘clinically proven’ court ruling

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.

Public deserves better information on complementary medicines

Public deserves better information on complementary medicines

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.

Why won’t govt put community health above complementary medicines?

Why won’t govt put community health above complementary medicines?

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.

How the TGA could improve its media relationship

How the TGA could improve its media relationship

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.