Why pharmacists should not sell homeopathic medicines

Posted 27 July 2015

Mr Scott Gavura, a Canadian pharmacist, has written an article criticising Canadian pharmacists for stocking homeopathic medicines alongside conventional medicines.

We have a similar situation here in South Africa.

Mr Gavura ends his article with this powerful admonition: “Pharmacists ought to know better, and they ought to do better. It’s time for the profession to act in the interests of patients. Homeopathy has no place in today’s pharmacy practice.”

The same applies to South African pharmacists.

You can read the full article at: https://sciencebasedpharmacy.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/pharmacies-professionalism-and-homeopathy/

Mr Gavura also has a facebook page worth looking at: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceBasedPharmacy

It should be noted that in South Africa, according to the standards of “Good Pharmacy Practice” (GPP) published by the South African Pharmacy Council, pharmacists  “. . . must not purchase, sell or supply any medicinal product where the pharmacist has any reason to doubt its safety, quality or … Read the rest

Antagolin – ASA breach ruling June 2015

Posted 22 July 2015

In the first ASA ruling against Antagolin, the claims “Antagolin combats insulin resistance and will help you to lose weight effectively” was ruled against and had to be withdrawn. It should be said that even Big Pharma, with millions at their disposal, have been unable to develop a great weight-loss product. Yet Dr Conrad Smith and the pharmacist, Mariaan Du Plessis, claim that they have.

A subsequent appeal was dismissed. It should be noted that no studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals, to date, supporting the claims for this product. Indeed, although the MNI website gives the spin that the evidence for the ingredients are sound, the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, finds little support for the claims for the individual ingredients.

This did not stop the company for repeating these claims on an advert flighted on MNET. Bizarrely  Willem de Klerk Attorneys, on behalf of … Read the rest

Interview with Dr Ben Goldacre

Posted 22 July 2015

Although we are against all forms of health product fraud, including CAMS and ‘orthodox medicine’, CAMCheck focuses its resources on the former. Dr Ben Goldacre has focused a great deal of attention on the latter with publication of his book, Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients. Statisticsviews.com has posted an interview with Ben Goldacre.

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Melamine contamination in South African nutritional supplements

Posted 21 July 2015

This South African study by Gary Gabriels et al., found that “47 % of all the sport supplements tested (n = 138) tested positive for melamine. Eight-two % of the South African produced products (n = 27) tested positive and 58 % of the products imported into South Africa (n = 50) tested positive. The median concentration estimate for melamine in the products tested were, 6.0 μg/g for the 138 supplements tested, 8.9 μg/g for South African produced products, and 6.9 μg/g for products imported into South Africa.” (Highest was 76.4  μg/g)

However, “The melamine (undeclared on product label) levels detected in the nutritional supplements products investigated were within the Tolerable Daily intake (TDI) limit guidelines of 200 μg/g as set by WHO and others. Melamine over exposure within the context of the nutritional supplements consumption in the products investigated should not be Read the rest

Major Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) marketer curbed in Illinois, USA

Posted 06 July 2015

Major MMS marketer curbed in Illinois

The Illinois Attorney General has obtained an agreement under which Kerri Rivera is barred from promoting Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) as an autism cure in Illinois. MMS contains a 28% solution of sodium chlorite, which, when mixed with an acid such as citrus juice, produces chlorine dioxide (ClO2), a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment. High oral doses, such as those recommended in MMS labeling, can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and severe dehydration.

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Homemark Detox Tea – ASA breach ruling

Posted 05 July 2015

A consumer lodged a breach complaint against the Homemark’s DSTV commercial for Detox Tea, arguing that the respondent was making the same claims as previously ruled against: “Stimulate Digestive System”; “Fight Free Radicals”; “Enhance Immune System”;”Boost Energy Levels”. The ASA concluded that “The breach allegation is therefore upheld, with no additional sanctions imposed on the respondent at this time, save for the immediate removal of the relevant claims from its YouTube commercial, and any other media in which they may appear.”

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