Unproven alternative medicines recommended by third of Australian pharmacists

Posted 28 February 2018

Choice survey finds therapies with little to no evidence of their benefits, including Bach flower remedies and homeopathic products, being suggested to shoppers

From The Guardian

Nearly one third of pharmacists are recommending complementary and alternative medicines with little-to-no evidence for their efficacy, including useless homeopathic products and potentially harmful herbal products.

The finding comes from a Choice survey of 240 pharmacies including Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and Terry White. Mystery shoppers were sent in to speak to a pharmacist at the prescription dispensing counter and ask for advice about feeling stressed.

Three per cent of the pharmacists recommended homeopathic products, despite a comprehensive review of all existing studies on homeopathy finding that there is no evidence they work in treating any condition.

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Ken Harvey: Surviving the SensaSlim saga

Posted 29 August 2011

"IN March this year my first complaint to authorities about the promotion of diet product SensaSlim set in train a series of extraordinary events that are still being played out. 

My complaint was made to three authorities — the Complaint Resolution Panel (CRP), which hears complaints about alleged breaches of the Therapeutic goods advertising code; the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA); and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). 

This complaint, and at least seven further complaints from other people, alleged that the promotion of SensaSlim on the internet, TV and in shops breached numerous sections of the advertising code. 

In April, SensaSlim issued a claim against me in the NSW Supreme Court alleging my complaint was defamatory and claiming “general and punitive damages for libel in the sum of $800 000”, plus costs".

Continues in the Medical Journal of Australia

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