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AVSN: TGA - Living Wisdom magazine

The Complaints Resolution Panel of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has upheld yet another complaint against the Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network (AVSN). It may be viewed online at CRP 2012/06/028.

This is the third upheld complaint by the TGA against Meryl Dorey / AVSN. Please refer to my previous post AVSN: Black Salve - TGA.

This complaint was in regard to an advertisement in the AVSN's magazine Living Wisdom issue 10, published in June 2012. The advertisement, placed by Gwarehouse (a professional member/subscriber of the AVSN at the time), promoted 3 products that claimed to be for therapeutic use but were not registered as therapeutic goods. In addition, an accompanying article "the truth behind the vaccine cover-up" was found to constitute an advertisement. It is an offence to publish an advertisement for a therapeutic good that does not have an approval number.

The Panel also found the advertisement breached the Act in presenting misleading and inaccurate scientific information.

The following sanctions were applied against Gwarehouse Environmental and Healthy Products and Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network:

  • to withdraw the advertisement from further publication;
  • to withdraw any representations that the advertised products Total Care, Bio-Chelat and Denta-Care Mouthwash are for any therapeutic use, including use in chronic heavy metal toxicity and the prevention of mercury poisoning; as well as any references to immunological diseases, nervous system diseases, renal or liver diseases and gastrointestinal disorders;
  • to withdraw any implication that vaccines permitted to be used in Australia are likely to be harmful or ineffectual because of alleged mercury content;
  • not to use the representations in (b) and (c) above in any other advertisement*;
  • where the representation has been provided to other parties such as retailers or website publishers, and where there is a reasonable likelihood that the representation has been published or is intended to be published by such parties, to advise those parties that the representation(s) should be withdrawn;
  • to arrange for publication, in "Livingwisdom" magazine, of a retraction in the form of, and in accordance with, the conditions set out in the attachment to this determination; and,
  • within 14 days of being notified of this request, to provide evidence to the Panel of its compliance, including a response in writing that they will comply with the Panel's sanctions, and where appropriate, supporting material such as copies of instructions to advertising agents or publishers, or correspondence with retailers and other third party advertisers.

The retraction statement is to appear as a replacement editorial page of the magazine Living Wisdom. Well, this will never happen as Living Wisdom ceased publication in January 2013. Here it is anyway:

RETRACTION

Advertisements for Total Care, Bio-Chelat and Denta-Care Mouthwash, which we published in this magazine, were misleading and abused the trust of consumers, and should not have been published.

The advertisements appeared as a display advertisement with associated material entitled "Part 1: The truth behind the VACCINE COVER-UP". In the advertisements, we unlawfully made claims that that vaccines permitted to be used in Australia are likely to be harmful or ineffectual because of alleged mercury content.

A complaint about the advertisement was recently upheld bythe Complaints Resolution Panel. We provided no evidence to support the claims we made, and the Panel found that the claims were unlawful, misleading, and unverified and breached the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code.

We unlawfully made claims that Total Care, Bio-Chelat and Denta-Care Mouthwash are for therapeutic use, including use in chronic heavy metal toxicity and for the prevention of mercury poisoning. As well, we made unlawful references to immunological diseases, nervous system diseases, renal and liver diseases and gastrointestinal disorders.

The Panel therefore requested that we publish this retraction.

The full text of the Panel's determination can be found at: www.tgacrp.com.au/complaints

It is high time that the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing revoke the AVSN's authority to fundraise. The pretense of the AVSN being a "health charity" was over quite some time ago, and it is ridiculous that an organisation with multiple TGA orders against it can continue to accept donations as a health charity.