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The effectiveness of a drug may be evaluated based on its potential to shrink tumours – but this doesn’t necessarily equate to improved survival rates. From shutterstock.com

Do new cancer drugs work? Too often we don’t really know (and neither does your doctor)

National drug regulators use evidence from clinical trials to decide whether new cancer drugs will be approved for use. But these studies are often flawed.
It’s not just women who are the losers following the latest TGA announcement. People with all types of medical devices need better regulatory protection. from www.shutterstock.com

The TGA’s proposed breast implant ban exposes a litany of failures, and fails to protect women

The proposed Australian ban of some types of breast implants is too little, too late. It also reveals regulatory failures that need to be fixed if Australian consumers are to be protected.
Advances in technology mean it’s now possible to 3D print everything from prosthetic limbs to skin, bones and organs. armymedicine/flickr

Proposed new regulations for 3D printed medical devices must go further

Who should be legally responsible when 3D printed devices fail? Proposed changes to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s regulatory framework have the potential to settle that question.
Embedded medical devices will continue to be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. The pacemaker depicted is not made by Abbott’s. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Three reasons why pacemakers are vulnerable to hacking

Pacemakers are Internet of Things devices for the human body, but they’re still not particularly secure.
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. from www.shutterstock.com

New complementary medicine health claims lack evidence, so why are they even on the table?

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.
How do you really know if vitamin and mineral supplements really ‘help your heart’ or ‘boost your mood’? from www.shutterstock.com

Which supplements work? New labels may help separate the wheat from the chaff

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.

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