Tagged: Society for Science Based Healthcare

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

Mark Hanna 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 … 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 Complaint: Homeopathy in the Wairarapa Times-Age - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Apr 14, 2015

In February this year, an article was published in the Wairarapa Times-Age (both in print and online) headlined Use of natural remedies is on the rise. The article discussed some specific cases of so-called “natural remedies” being used to treat serious diseases, such as intravenous vitamin C for leukaemia and homeopathy to treat various forms […] … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice 3: Running Out of Excuses - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Mar 12, 2015

Ethical pharmacy practice is something I have written about before. If you’ve read those posts, please bear with me as I cover some familiar background. In New Zealand, we are lucky enough to have an industry code of ethics for pharmacists, published by the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand, which holds pharmacists to high ethical […] … Read More

New Zealand Skeptics Conference: Fighting Pseudoscience - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Dec 09, 2014

Over the weekend, I attended the New Zealand Skeptics Conference at Auckland University. It was a great weekend, with consistently good speakers. Not only did we have the hosts of the popular Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast and George Hrab from the Geologic podcast over from America, we also had a lot of fantastic […] … Read More

Copper & Magnetic Healing: How to Respond to Complaints - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Nov 21, 2014

Last Saturday, I was in a store that had a display on their counter advertising copper and magnetic jewellery: As you may be aware, claims that copper jewellery are able to help with arthritis are relatively common, although the evidence is pretty negative. The claim about magnets attracting iron in your blood and thereby increasing […] … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice 2: Time for a Spring Clean - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Oct 11, 2014

In July, I wrote an article on Ethical Pharmacy Practice and Homeopathic No-Jet-Lag. In it, I described the importance of the role pharmacies play in the healthcare system, and their ethical obligation not to mislead consumers or promote ineffective healthcare products. In particular, I described an advertisement I saw in an Auckland pharmacy for a […] … Read More

ACC and Acupuncture - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Aug 25, 2014

Over the past year or so, various Official Information Act (OIA) requests have been made via the website fyi.org.nz, which allows for these requests and their responses to be made public. I have written previously about the results of some of these requests regarding ACC and Alternative Medicine. I’ve also shared some more information on […] … Read More

Osmosis Skincare’s Drinkable Sunscreen Trial - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Aug 10, 2014

If you haven’t already read my post about Osmosis Skincare’s Drinkable Sunscreen, you might want to do that before you read this one. A brief overview is that Osmosis Skincare claims drinking their “harmonized water” prevents sunburn. I complained to the Advertising Standards Authority that this claim wasn’t backed up by evidence and the complaint […] … Read More