Tagged: Homeopathy

Natural Health Products bill gets quietly dropped - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 16, 2017

Today Newsroom reported that the Natural Health Products bill has been quietly dropped. Fellow Sciblogger Mark Hanna offered thoughts on this in an interview. There is a need to address an unregulated market that has problems. In an earlier piece, I offered some thoughts on the draft bill. I felt quite a bit could be added. Claims about … Read More

Pharmacy Ethics: Have Your Say - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Jul 24, 2017

The Pharmacy Council has opened consultations on a proposed new code of ethics. Following an initial consultation in 2015 where they’d proposed changing one part of the existing code, the council has since decided the whole code could do with a review. The Pharmacy Council is the regulatory body for pharmacists in New Zealand, set up … Read More

A failure to regulate - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Apr 19, 2017

New Zealand has several layers of regulation to protect us against misleading health claims. Sometimes they all fail. My struggle against quackery over the last few years has given me some familiarity with the ways we’re protected against it, and with their shortcomings. Misleading people about their healthcare options is something that is clearly unethical. To quote the alt text … Read More

Are local quacks getting away with health fraud? - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Dec 15, 2016

A decades old loophole in New Zealand’s patient protection legislation is letting quacks get away with what could amount to health fraud, right under the regulator’s nose. In New Zealand, patients are protected from “health fraud scams” by the Medicines Act. This legislation, which is enforced by Medsafe, only allows products making strong health claims to be sold … Read More

Goldacre live: Bad Science meets Bad Pharma - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 03, 2016

Many Sciblogs readers will know the work of Dr Ben Goldacre, the doctor, academic, Guardian columnist and author of the best seller Bad Science. Goldacre touches down briefly in Auckland in September for one event at the Mercury Theatre, which if his previous public appearances are anything to go by, will be a funny, enlightening and ironic affair. Read More

Whimsical witchcraft not immunisation - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris May 23, 2016

There is a measles outbreak in the Waikato and folks are presenting certificates of homeopathic prophylaxis against measles as proof of immunity, to avoid exclusion from school. It is frightening to think that the holder of the certificate below is under the impression they have protection against the listed epidemic diseases.   Certificate of immunity to infectious diseases Homeopathic … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice 5: Looking for Leadership - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna 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 […] … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice 4: Paving the Way - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Jun 19, 2015

This year has not been a good year for homeopathy. There have been many blows to the industry in the form of more research finding it ineffective, position statements from organisations of health practitioners discouraging its use, and successful complaints to regulatory authorities. And this trend shows no signs of abating. In March, the Australian […] … Read More

Press Council rules on knowing readers minds? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 14, 2015

Today the New Zealand Press Council released it’s rulings on complaints filed by Mark Hanna and the Science Media Centre about an article on homeopathy in the Wairarapa Times-Age. Mark and Peter have already covered the back story and how these rulings would seem to ‘allow’ newspapers to write inaccurate or unbalance coverage on the basis … Read More