Controlling quackery: will new regulations help?

Posted 27 November 2013

An article (opinion) written by Kevin Charleston in relation to the new complementary medicine regulations recently published, has been published on the GroundUp website. The CAMS Regulations were published on the 15th November and can be downloaded from here or from the Government website. They need to be read in context with the document, Complementary medicines – Quality, safety, and efficacy, which can be downloaded here. It should be read in conjunction with those of Andy Gray and published here.

Kevin Charleston has written an excellent overview/opinion of the new CAM regulations and is best read on the GroundUp website, but we are posting the article below.

 

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ImuPro, not good enough evidence, again!

Posted 26 November 2013

wellproimupro-logo ImuPro has been featured numerous times on CamCheck for making unsubstantiated claims for this test -and have been ruled against by the ASA. Originally only making tests for the benefit of ImuPro for allergies and intolerances, these have eventually been removed following a protracted course. 

 

A complaint has been laid against the owner, Dr York, with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (no result yet).

Now we have been informed that Dr York/ ImuPro, are making other not so well supported claims.

On the Well-Pro – ImuPro website (http://www.wellpro.co.za/tests-imupro/), the following claim is made: “Data suggests that eliminating foods that are identified to have an IgG antibody response results in significant improvement in a variety of conditions like migraine (1), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (2), Crohns disease (3) and juvenile obesity (4).”

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PGC3 Pure Garcinia Cambogia

Posted 22 November 2013

These are the faces of scam artists, Jasmine Grindlay and Chris Grindlay, the owners of Slimbetti. The ASA has repeatedly ruled against the claims for their products and issued Ad Alerts, which tells magazines and newspapers to not accept their adverts: in order to protect you, the consumer. The Grindlays show no remorse – they contact magazines and convince them that the ASA has allowed them to advertise again (personal communication with Vrouekeur), and adverts are accepted until a consumer lays a complaint again, and the ASA intervene again. Read more about these individuals and their web of deceit.

 

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Commentary on new Complementary Medicine regulations

Posted 21 November 2013

The CAMS Regulations were published on the 15th November and can be downloaded from here or from the Government website. They need to be read in context with the document, Complementary medicines – Quality, safety, and efficacy, which can be downloaded here.

Andy Gray (BPharm MSc(Pharm) FPS FFIP), a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Pharmacology, Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal (and Consultant Pharmacist, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)), has written a commentary on his view of the published regulations, and how they may be implemented. 

His commentary, first published on an email discussion group, DrugInfo, is reproduced with his permission.

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Meladerm lightening cream

Posted 20 November 2013

We have been asked to comment on the product, Meladerm lightening cream, which claims to, among other, “diminishes the appearance of dark spots, scars and skin discolorations“.  The product is made by Civant Advanced Skin Care Solutions.

But does it work?

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SureTouch breast test

Posted 19 November 2013

We recently posted an exposition of breast thermography, a product claiming to be effective for determining breast cancer. Now another device has popped up on the South African market – the SureTouch breast examination device.

Does it work? Are you placing your life in the hands of a scoundrel who has no remorse or concern whether this device is accurate in determining breast cancer or not? Based on an article by Amy Green and Ina Skosana on the Mail & Guardian website, they appear to conclude that this device is simply not effective enough.

Dr-Neil-Burman They identify Dr Neil Burman as one of the individuals behind marketing this product, and point out “[S]hould Burman be called before the council, it would not be the first time. He was found guilty in 1993 of three different charges relating to over-servicing patients (giving more tests than they required)
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Homemark’s Inversion Femme – ASA breach complaint

Posted 11 November 2013

The ASA has previously ruled against a number of claims being made for this product. In this breach complaint, the complainant specifically referred to the claims “SLOW DOWN AGEING” and on “Anti-Age Total Beaute” [sic] and “Anti-Aging Total Beauty”. The ASA evaluated Homemark’s response and concluded that “Given the alteration in context, and given the noticeable amendment to the claims at issue, the Directorate is of the view that the current e-mail advertisement cannot be said to have breach the original ruling”.

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Administrative Guideline: Complementary Medicines

Posted 11 November 2013

The Medicines Control Council of the South African Department of Health has made available three documents as part of “Draft Administrative Guideline: Complementary Medicines – Quality, Safety, And Efficacy”.

Although the documents do not have a specific publication date, they are simply indicated as “November 2013”. Some indicate a very short comment period (22 November 2013).. 

Interestingly, one of the documents indicate that this is not “new” draft, but had been first published for comment as far back as August 2011.

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Biogen Testoforte: ASA ruling – website advert

For all Biogen Testoforte articles, including recent ones related to the sportsman, Demarte “The Wolf” Pena who was suspended for using steroids, and then dumped as the brand ambassador by Biogen, whose product caused him to test positive for steroids(!) click here (opens in a new browser window)

[note note_color=”#fcfcd4″]Biogen “Testoforte” / K Charelston / 19705
Ruling of the : ASA Directorate
In the matter between:
Kevin Charleston Complainant(s)/Appellant(s)
Ultimate Sports Nutrition (Pty) Ltd Respondent [/note]

16 Aug 2012
http://www.asasa.org.za/ResultDetail.aspx?Ruling=6210
Mr Charleston lodged a consumer complaint against website advertising on the URL www.biogen.co.za/products/testoforte.asp. The advertising promotes the respondent’s product using, inter alia, the following claims:

• “Increases testosterone within natural ranges”;
• “Maintains lean muscle”;
• “Heightens energy levels, sex drive and physical performance”;

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Biogen Testoforte: ASA ruling – print advert

[note note_color=”#fcfcc0″]Biogen “Testoforte” / K Charleston / 19706
Ruling of the : ASA Directorate
In the matter between:
Kevin Charleston Complainant(s)/Appellant(s)
Ultimate Sports Nutrition (Pty) Ltd Respondent[/note]

16 Aug 2012

http://www.asasa.org.za/ResultDetail.aspx?Ruling=6211

Mr Charleston lodged a consumer complaint against a print advertisement promoting the respondent’s “Testoforte” product. The advertisement appeared in the Sunday Times during February 2012.

The advertisement is headed “WHY TESTOSTERONE IS THE MALE DRIVER” and contains, inter alia, an image of the product packaging. The following claims are visible on the packaging:

• “TESTOFORTE FOR INCREASED STAMINA”;
• “Increases testosterone production within natural ranges”;
• “Maintains lean muscle mass”;
• “Heightens energy levels, sex drive and physical performance”.

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