SensaSlim and Dr Ken Harvey
23 June 2011
The SensaSlim company's recent defamation suit against Dr Ken Harvey of La Trobe University highlights some of the regulatory problems facing complementary products in Australia, writes Associate Professor Cameron Stewart.
In an article co-authored with Associate Professor Ian Kerridge, they assert that SensaSlim is free to advertise and promote its products and that the Complaints Resolutions Panel (CRP), which deals with complaints about breaches of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2007, cannot investigate it for as long as the defamation action against Dr Harvey continues.
"Currently, the complaint system is the main way that these matters can be redressed but the CRP is under-resourced, overloaded and lacks effective sanctions to ensure compliance with its determinations."
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