Mark Hanna

Mark Hanna is a consumer advocate, intersectional feminist, amateur astronomer, and science lover living in New Zealand. He writes primarily about consumer protection with a focus on the alternative health industry, but also about other topics that he finds interesting or frustrating.

What Fake Astrophotography Can Teach Us - Honest Universe

Nov 12, 2015

The New Zealand Herald has an article today about a cool and very popular image of the Moon positioned perfectly within a radio satellite, produced by astrophotographer Chris Pegman: Supermoon image goes into media orbit Image by Chris Pegman The article talks about how there has been debate online about whether or not this could be taken without resorting to Photoshop. It concludes that “the verdict was that it might be, but it would require an incredible amount of planning” but this isn’t strictly correct. The apparent rotation of the Moon changes as it travels through the sky. When it rises, it will appear to be “on its side” relative to when it is at its zenith, and when it sets it will have rotated further still. This is most obvious with a crescent Moon. Read More

What Fake Astrophotography Can Teach Us - Honest Universe

Nov 12, 2015

You can learn a lot from fake astrophotography. The New Zealand Herald has an article today about a cool and very popular image of the Moon positioned perfectly within a radio satellite, produced by astrophotographer Chris Pegman: Supermoon image goes into media orbit The article talks about how there has been debate online about whether or not this could be taken without resorting to Photoshop. It concludes that “the verdict was that it might be, but it would require an incredible amount of planning” but this isn’t strictly correct. The apparent rotation of the Moon changes as it travels through the sky. When it rises, it will appear to be “on its side” relative to when it is at its zenith, and when it sets it will have rotated further still. This is most obvious with a crescent … Read More

Pharmacists Don’t Want to Sell Unproven Products - Honest Universe

Oct 22, 2015

The Pharmaceutical Society doesn’t think pharmacists should be able to sell healthcare products with no evidence of efficacy. Last week I wrote about the Pharmacy Council’s proposal to change their Code of Ethics, and summarised the submissions that I was aware of. One important organisation that was missing from that roundup is the Pharmaceutical Society. The Pharmaceutical Society is a professional association representing New Zealand pharmacists. Given their important position in the pharmacy industry, I think their submission might arguably be the most important. Earlier this week I spoke with Bob Buckham, Chief Pharmacist Advisor at the Pharmaceutical Society, about their submission on the Pharmacy Council’s proposal. The Pharmaceutical Society does not support the proposed change. Coming from the perspective of pharmacists, their submission also raised two important points around this issue: Pharmacists need clarity: what behaviour is consistent … Read More

Pharmacists Don’t Want to Sell Unproven Products - Honest Universe

Oct 22, 2015

The Pharmaceutical Society doesn’t think pharmacists should be able to sell healthcare products with no evidence of efficacy. Last week I wrote about the Pharmacy Council’s proposal to change their Code of Ethics, and summarised the submissions that I was aware of. One important organisation that was missing from that roundup is the Pharmaceutical Society. The Pharmaceutical Society is a professional association representing New Zealand pharmacists. Given their important position in the pharmacy industry, I think their submission might arguably be the most important. Earlier this week I spoke with Bob Buckham, Chief Pharmacist Advisor at the Pharmaceutical Society, about their submission on the Pharmacy Council’s proposal. The Pharmaceutical Society does not support the proposed change. Coming from the perspective of pharmacists, their submission also raised two important points around this issue: Pharmacists need clarity: what behaviour is consistent … Read More

Pharmacy Council’s Code of Ethics Proposal: Submissions Roundup - Honest Universe

Oct 16, 2015

The Pharmacy Council has proposed a change to their code of ethics, here’s everything you need to know. EDIT 22/10/2015: When this article was published it didn’t include details of the Pharmaceutical Society’s submission. Since then, I have spoken with their Chief Pharmacist Advisor, Bob Buckham, about their submission. For more details, see my article summarising it: Pharmacists Don’t Want to Sell Unproven Products The Pharmacy Council is the statutory body responsible for setting standards of conduct and competence of pharmacists in New Zealand. They have a code of ethics, the Safe Effective Pharmacy Practice Code of Ethics 2011, which currently includes a section that requires pharmacists must: 6.9 Only purchase, supply or promote any medicine, complementary therapy, herbal remedy or other healthcare product where there is no reason to doubt its quality or safety and when … Read More

Pharmacy Council’s Code of Ethics Proposal: Submissions Roundup - Honest Universe

Oct 16, 2015

The Pharmacy Council has proposed a change to their code of ethics, here’s everything you need to know. EDIT 22/10/2015: When this article was published it didn’t include details of the Pharmaceutical Society’s submission. Since then, I have spoken with their Chief Pharmacist Advisor, Bob Buckham, about their submission. For more details, see my article summarising it: Pharmacists Don’t Want to Sell Unproven Products The Pharmacy Council is the statutory body responsible for setting standards of conduct and competence of pharmacists in New Zealand. They have a code of ethics, the Safe Effective Pharmacy Practice Code of Ethics 2011, which currently includes a section that requires pharmacists must: 6.9 Only purchase, supply or promote any medicine, complementary therapy, herbal remedy or other healthcare product where there is no reason to doubt its quality or safety and when … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice 6: An Opportunity for Change - Honest Universe

Sep 21, 2015

I’ve written a lot about ethical pharmacy practice in New Zealand, advocating for New Zealand pharmacists to choose not to promote or sell healthcare products that aren’t supported by credible evidence of efficacy. I’ve also complained in the past about misleading advertising of ineffective healthcare products in pharmacies. I strongly believe that we should be able to feel confident going into a pharmacy that we will get evidence-based advice on purchasing effective healthcare products, and not be misled. The Pharmacy Council is responsible under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act for setting standards of ethical conduct for pharmacists in New Zealand. Section 6.9 of their current Safe Effective Pharmacy Practice Code of Ethics 2011 states that pharmacists must: 6.9 Only purchase, supply or promote any medicine, complementary therapy, herbal remedy or other healthcare … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice 6: An Opportunity for Change - Honest Universe

Sep 21, 2015

I’ve written a lot about ethical pharmacy practice in New Zealand, advocating for New Zealand pharmacists to choose not to promote or sell healthcare products that aren’t supported by credible evidence of efficacy. I’ve also complained in the past about misleading advertising of ineffective healthcare products in pharmacies. I strongly believe that we should be able to feel confident going into a pharmacy that we will get evidence-based advice on purchasing effective healthcare products, and not be misled. The Pharmacy Council is responsible under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act for setting standards of ethical conduct for pharmacists in New Zealand. Section 6.9 of their current Safe Effective Pharmacy Practice Code of Ethics 2011 states that pharmacists must: 6.9 Only purchase, supply or promote any medicine, complementary therapy, herbal remedy or other healthcare … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice 5: Looking for Leadership - Honest Universe

Aug 12, 2015

Pharmacy by russellstreet on Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0 In New Zealand, the Pharmacy Council is legally responsible under section 118(i) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 for setting standards of ethical conduct for New Zealand pharmacists. As part of this, they’ve written a Safe Effective Pharmacy Practice Code of Ethics, which requires that: YOU MUST: Only purchase, supply or promote any medicine, complementary therapy, herbal remedy or other healthcare product where there is no reason to doubt its quality or safety and when there is credible evidence of efficacy. Safe Effective Pharmacy Practice Code of Ethics Section 6.9 Last November, a case was brought to our attention at the Society for Science Based Healthcare of a salesperson in an Auckland pharmacy … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice 5: Looking for Leadership - Honest Universe

Aug 12, 2015

In New Zealand, the Pharmacy Council is legally responsible under section 118(i) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 for setting standards of ethical conduct for New Zealand pharmacists. As part of this, they’ve written a Safe Effective Pharmacy Practice Code of Ethics, which requires that: YOU MUST: Only purchase, supply or promote any […]