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Health Intelligence – misguiding the public?

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Update 15 May 2012: I have been sent evidence that “horse chestnut” (listed as “esculin”) was scheduled as S3 in December 1979.

Posted 12 May 2012

Health Intelligence magazine states on its front cover as a byline: “The Science of Health.” In its advertising blurb on its associated company Solal Technologies’ website, it is stated to be “Sophisticated. Cutting edge. Credible.” The editorials in Edition 15 (May 2012) are however misleading, and disturbingly so.

The first [text] editorial by Colin Levin bemoans the new food labelling regulations from the Department of Health as having gone too far “[i]n their noble intention to prevent (sic) consumers from misleading claims.” He even quotes the Health Products Association of South Africa (HPA) which is “disappointed” that the regulations don’t address the relationship between certain food (sic) and various diseases.

So what’s the problem?

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MCC and a decade of deliberate deception

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Posted 22 February 2012

This is a statement by the South African Association for Responsible Health Information and Advertising (ARHIA). It has been released on the 10th anniversary of a notice in the government gazette that has undermined the scientific governance of medicine in South Africa.

The Decade

Wednesday 22 February 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the call up of "medicines frequently referred to as complementary medicines". This "call up" initiated by the Medicines Control Council (MCC) ten years ago was intended to be an audit of the complementary medicines market over a six month period, but its unintended consequences have resulted in a ten year deluge of dubious and unproven products to the detriment of people living in South Africa.

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MCC guidelines on “Complementary medicines”

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Posted 12 August 2011

The MCC has released the draft guidelines on "Complementary medicines -Quality, safety, and efficacy" for comments from industry.

As the MCC web site appears to be down frequently, I am posting access to this document h ere.

The deadline for comment is 22 September 2011. I would urge anyone (not just "industry") who is interested in ensuring that all complementary medicines on the market are of adequate quality, are safe, and actually do what they claim to do, to submit comments if you have any, to the Registrar of the MCC, Ms Mandisa Hela. Her email address is HelaM@health.gov.za.

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Complementary medicine draft regulations published

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Posted 26 July 2011

The Minister of Health has issued two sets of draft regulations for comment, each within the next 3 months. 

  • Update: MCC guidelines on “Complementary medicines” released 11 August 2011 – accessible  here
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Abusing the MCC appeal process

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Prof Roy Jobson has written an excellent article for Quackdown! on how companies are abusing the MCC (Medicines Control Council) appeal process.

Simply Slim and Adcock examples are given. 

Roy writes: 

"One of the ways in which companies can object to a decision made by the Medicines Control Council (MCC) is to appeal the decision in terms of Section 24 of the Medicines and Related Substances Act (Act 101 of 1965).

There are time limits and prescriptions as to how long it can take for an appeal to be lodged and how rapidly the Minister of Health must respond. It is reasonable to have such a clause in the Medicines Act for legitimate objections – but it should not be abused to delay the implementation of an MCC decision." 

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http://www.quackdown.info/article/abusing-mcc-appeal -process/

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Faith drops – in response

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Colleen (from Faith drops) added a comment to the posting of the ASA ruling against the claims of Faith drops. As the comment is far too long, I have added it as a posting.

Colleen (from Faith drops) writes:

To Harris / Geffen / Roy Jobson…. And anyone else

It would appear that everyone is on a mission – I guess we are keeping this site active by swallowing the bait – as before I am even able to respond to one thing they are on to the next……    Allow me to have my say – then by all means, everyone – have at it!!!   
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Simply Slim – Taking the piss out of consumers

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The interesting tale of the slimming pill that was and isn't and may be…

Thanks to noseweek (www.noseweek.co.za) for permission to reprint this article published in the August 2010 edition.

 IT CERTAINLY GRATES that anyone can make a fortune selling "slimming" tablets to a gullible public. That the fellow can simply replace one scam with another, when things get hot, truly irritates. But that he can openly sell a schedule 5 drug is downright frightening, and a sad indictment of the current state of the regulatory system in South Africa.
Yet there it is: ex-used-car salesman Dirk Uys managed to keep his Simply Slim lark going for some nine months.
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TAC press release: Ubhejane is not registered

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29 June 2010

Ubhejane is not registered
Department of Health’s Law Enforcement Unit must investigate Zeblon Gwala
MCC’s recission of the 2002 notice must be given immediate effect

Ubhejane is marketed by a charlatan named Zeblon Gwala as a cure for AIDS. On 22 June 2010 it was incorrectly reported in Business Report that Ubhejane was registered with the Medicines Control Council (MCC). Ubhejane has not been registered as a medicine in South Africa. There is no evidence that it is of any benefit to people with HIV.

The Department of Health has stated that Ubhejane is not registered as a medicine. The MCC has not yet publicly responded to the article.

The Law Enforcement Unit of the Department of Health must immediately investigate the assertion made by Mr Zeblon Gwala that Ubhejane has been registered.

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Letters: Simply Slim vs Prof. Roy Jobson

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Lance Rothschild, the PR person for Simply Slim, submitted this letter for publication in the Mail&Guardian essentially objecting to Prof. Roy Jobson’s blog, Simply Slim ‘defies’ the MCC, on the Mail & Guardian’s Thought Leader blog. Below Rothschild’s contribution is Prof. Jobson’s rejoinder. The Mail&Guardian have however not published either of the letters in the three weeks since submission, so it is unlikely that they will be published in the M&G. I have taken the liberty of publishing them here, with thanks to Prof Jobson for passing them on to me.

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