Health ads misleading, watchdog says

On Wednesday, Tom Blackwell in the National Post wrote about the reluctance of regulators to take action against misleading advertising from natural health product manufacturers. I’m quoted, and I brought up the point that Health Canada is complicit in misleading consumers, by assigning unique numbers, and treatment claims, for homeopathic sugar pills:

Scott Gavura, a Toronto pharmacist who operates the “science-based pharmacy” website, argued the problem is not just unlicensed natural-health products.

Many licensed products have won government endorsement based on flimsy evidence, he said, citing the many homeopathic medicine products that have been approved, despite ongoing debate about whether the heavily diluted substances actually do anything.

“We have indistinguishable sugar pills being assigned natural-health numbers,” he said.

I also spoke with Rob Breakenridge (AM 770, CHQR Calgary) on Friday, discussing the same issue. Rob’s got a great skeptically-minded show. If I can track down a recording of the interview, I’ll post it. Here’s a link to my interview with Rob.

Here’s the Post article: Tom Blackwell: Health ads misleading, watchdog says

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