The Australian drugs regulator is overhauling the health claims made by suppliers of complementary medicines, including homeopathic therapies. And some curious options are up for discussion.
Would you trust a complementary medicine described as "vermifuge", "vulnerary" or "emmenagogue"? That's what new labelling proposes and not everyone's happy about it.
Hundreds of women have complained of adverse reactions from transvaginal mesh implants.
Regulatory bodies approved some medical devices to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence before having data to prove their safety and efficacy.
Some of the notable additions to the PBS include drugs to treat eye and HIV infections, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.
An independent expert provides his pick of the most notable drugs added to the PBS on May 1, 2017.
How do you really know if vitamin and mineral supplements really ‘help your heart’ or ‘boost your mood’?
If the Therapeutic Goods Administration implements new proposals to regulate complementary medicines, you can be more confident they actually do what they say on the packet.
The effective ban on e-cigarettes in Australia forces people to access unregulated nicotine products to help them quit smoking.
The recent decision to effectively ban e-cigarettes will hurt poor and disadvantaged smokers the most.
E-cigarettes remain effectively banned in Australia because advocates' evidence has failed to convince the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Advertisements for complementary medicines don’t always reflect what’s in the bottle.
Consumers can't always be confident claims for complementary medicines stack up. Here's how to foster truth in advertising.
Patients with life-threatening diseases can legally order drugs available overseas and have them delivered to their local pharmacy. But what are the risks?
The Social Medwork is a website that promises patients legal access to medicines from overseas. How does it work? What are the risks? And why are patients turning to it to access the drugs they need?
The Medical Technology Association of Australia is quietly influential.
If your health practitioner has used a syringe, pacemaker, dental filling or joint implant to treat you, you've encountered a product from the medical technology industry.
Patients report not being effectively anaesthetised during liposuction procedures to extract stem cells from fat.
Due to a lack of effective regulations, there is little oversight of "stem cell treatments" and the businesses that provide them.
Bone-marrow transplants to treat leukaemia are one of the miniscule number of stem-cell treatments that have a strong evidence base.
Australians clinics are offering stem-cell-based anti-ageing and cosmetic therapies that have not been clinically tested. Here's what we need to do to ensure consumers don't get ripped off, or worse.
‘Clinically proven’ to shorten your cold? Not quite.
Screen shot from http://www.easeacold.com.au/
We recently submitted a complaint about the promotion of Ease-a-Cold products, which claim to be “clinically proven” to shorten your cold.
The most concerning finding was leopard DNA.
Making sure that a tablet claiming to have 500 mg of paracetamol really does contain 500 mg of paracetamol is relatively easy. But how do you test for herbs?
Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash (right), sitting next to singer Katie Noonan (left) on Q&A.
When asked about importing cannabis oil to treat child epilepsy, rural health minister Fiona Nash told Q&A that the TGA can allow importation of products not registered in Australia. Is that right?
Representatives of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries at a press conference in Atlanta, after a deal was reached.
EPA/Erik S. Lesser
Before the last round of negotiations, only a handful of issues remained in the way of concluding the TPP. A potential deal-breaker for Australia was intellectual property protections for biologics.
found significant increases in harms with both the antidpressants used in Study 329, compared to the placebo.
As part of an intiative to re-examine misrepresented or abandoned studies, we re-analysed an antidepressant trial. Here's what we found.
Off-label use is when an approved medicine is prescribed for a different reason, at a different dose, or in different patient groups than originally intended.
The off-label use of medicines is not illegal and it doesn't mean regulators have specifically "disapproved" its use. But there are a number of issues to consider before using a medicine off-label.
The company that makes powdered alcohol says it will begin selling four different flavours this year.
The Victorian government is calling on other state governments to join it in banning powdered alcohol, which was recently approved for marketing and sale in the US.
In Australia, the manufacturing of cells for therapy is regulated but only for donated cells.
Once thought to be a problem only in poorly regulated jurisdictions overseas, unproven stem cell treatments are increasingly being offered in Australia. Now, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA…
New treatments have minimal side effects and cure rates of over 90%.
Hepatitis C is a hidden epidemic affecting 170 million people worldwide. Hepatitis C kills nearly 700 Australians every year, mostly from chronic liver failure and liver cancer, and costs over $78.9 million…