IHRB’s most secret files found

IHRB’s most secret files found

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Kept under lock and key, IHRB’s secret agreements with two pharmacists have surfaced. They were Sam Cohen’s secret weapon, used to convince authorities that he does have exclusive secret herbs and natural extracts. Despite immense pressure, Sam Cohen has never shown these files to anyone. Why would he hold off? These two files are, according to him, proof-positive that his secret natural extracts are what make his treatment unique and the best of its kind in the world.

Below we see an excerpt from a letter written by Mr Sam Cohen to the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal, wherein Mr Cohen says, ‘my topical solution is unique and one of it’s (sic) kind. Because, besides the Minoxidil and Retin.A, my secret formula of natural extracts are also added.’ Then Mr Cohen says that he can only show the proof to a presiding Member or Judge, in order to maintain secrecy.


The big question is WHY? It is baffling that Mr Cohen did not furnish his proof when he was Summonsed to do so? Why did he engage a lawyer to help him resist the Summons that had asked him to prove that any such formula exists? Why is he now offering to show these secret files only to a presiding Tribunal Member or a Court judge, a year after resisting the first Summons?

My speculation is that Mr Cohen preferred to only show this to people whom he was hoping to mislead, and only as a last resort. I suspect that he felt that the letters were so good, that if they were inspected by a Member or Judge who is not fully familiar with the alleged scam, the letters would be convincing enough to get him across the line. Why did he not ever furnish them when Summonsed to prove his claims? Why did he not want me to see them? I suspect it’s because Mr Cohen knew that the moment I saw those documents, I would seek to have them verified. He knew that he had something to hide. The documents are fantastic. They are his lifeline… until they are verified — or rather, not verified, because they have since been debunked.

Indeed, I set out to check the authenticity of these letters. I discovered that the letters, though genuine, are in fact a sham. Mr Cohen never wanted me to see them, yet a year after my battle with him, and during another battle with another victim, he hinted at their existence to CTTT, to project a bold bravado amidst baby-faced innocence, while simulating confidence and a burst of conviction, via feigned indignation. Sadly, truth will out. When I obtained copies,  I contacted the pharmacists involved. Let’s explore what they had to say:


This first document was signed by IHRB’s first pharmacist who served IHRB for nearly nine years; until Mr Cohen’s misconduct and illegal practices came to the attention of that pharmacist who immediately cut all ties with IHRB and Sam Cohen.

This first letter was shown to the pharmacist who said that he had signed that letter without seeking legal advice, and regretted doing so. He then awaited the arrival of the secret natural extracts, and when they did arrive, they were unlabelled, and had no list of ingredients and no proof as to what they were or what they did. So the pharmacist said that he became concerned and suspicious, and advised Mr Cohen that as a professional pharmacist, he cannot just mix any unproven and untested formulation into serious medications. And rightly so. No pharmacist is permitted to tamper with a doctor’s prescription and take instructions from Sam Cohen — who boasted about his questionable years of experience and his Bachelor of Science degree that was later proved in court to have never existed.

The pharmacist said that he is willing to attend any Court or Tribunal to testify that he never used any of these natural extracts in neither the prescription topical solutions nor in the non-prescription topical solutions. This is diabolical. It points to Mr Cohen selling treatments to people, at astronomical prices, on the basis that his special Indian herbs / spices / extracts, as the supposed key secret ingredients that make his formulations the best in the world, when no such extracts were ever injected into any of the medications for nine long years. Furthermore, with no extracts ever being added (the bottles had tamperproof caps which meant that Mr Cohen could not have added them himself), it meant that any client who did enjoy hair regrowth, achieved such results purely from the Minoxidil and other medications that are readily available on the market, which would prove yet again that Mr Cohen cannot take the credit for the hair regrowth — so why was he charging thousands of dollars for a secret formula that, for nine years, according to the compounding pharmacist, was never used?


When I read the 16-page Determination made by the Complaints Resolution Panel that found IHRB’s claims to be unlawful, misleading, and unverified, I was aghast to learn about a new aspect of the IHRB saga. We read in Paragraph 19 of that Determination that Mr Cohen’s treatment contains dyes in order to colour hair — meaning that his formula contains dyes that change the colour of the hair. His dyes are noted in the manufacturing agreement shown above, which Mr Cohen calls, ‘Special Natural Extracts Colour Solution’. Not that we would ever know, but I suspect that his alleged secret extracts were intended to do two things. The first is to give Mr Cohen a reason to mislead his clients about him having invented the only hair formula that he claims is the best in the world. Adding the extracts is not so much about adding anything. It’s about giving Mr Cohen a way of him claiming to have a secret formula so as to justify his ridiculous rip-off prices, and so that he can say that his clients must continue to buy products from him (even though it is illegal for him to sell medications or pharmacy-only poisons). Saying that he has a secret formula was his way of saying that his products can only be purchased from him. The formula is inconsequential. What matters most is the idea that a formula exists, even thought it does not. The second expectation from the formula is to put dyes on people’s hair so that he can say, ‘Oh look your textures are so much better’. He had used that line with me dozens of times. And he even noted it in writing while trying to con a victim out of his refund during a CTTT hearing in Sydney.


Below we read a letter that summarised a meeting between Mr Cohen and his second pharmacist, after the first pharmacist dumped IHRB for gross misconduct and illegal activities.

This second agreement mentions a PGX formula and adding vitamin-A Palmitate and a secret ‘Formula A’ (which sounds like something from the TV show ‘Get Smart’). The pharmacist who wrote this letter was contacted by me and another victim, and the pharmacist explained that he only ever used Mr Cohen’s liquid for one month because it started to cause problems with the main Minoxidil solution. The pharmacist said that he told Mr Cohen that he can no longer use the liquid. The pharmacist said that in his professional opinion, the formula contained no active ingredients and provided no therapeutic benefit for neither stopping hair-loss nor promoting hair-growth.

The compounding pharmacist explained that the PGX formula was, according to Mr Cohen, a chardonnay solution which Mr Cohen claimed contained his ‘curries’. The pharmacist said that he did not know what PGX stood for, but as far as he could determine, the solution did not contain any active ingredients.

The pharmacist said that the vitamin-A Palmitate was added to the non-prescription strength Minoxidil solutions, but he added that, in his opinion, it provided nutrient or cosmetic value only. ‘Formula A’ was a blend of vitamins Mr Cohen had asked the pharmacist to add to each bottle dispensed, but the pharmacist could only see them providing nutrient or cosmetic value, and were not therapeutically active ingredients.

The pharmacist also said, ‘The solutions were only added for a short period of time (approx. a month from March 2010) as I had concerns about their effect on the solubility and stability of the product. I do not believe they provided any therapeutic effects or active ingredients.’

He added that he clearly stated his concerns to Mr Cohen and told him that he would not continue to add the formulations until such time as he was happy with the formulation.

The pharmacist concluded his letter dated 14 November 2011 by saying, ‘In summary, the above answers should hopefully satisfy your questions. As stated, the PGX and Formula-A solutions were not added after approx. April 2010. The Vitamin A palmitate was still being added to the non prescription strengths of solutions. As stated, I believe that this provided nutrient or cosmetic value only. I do not believe that these ingredients make any therapeutic difference in terms of hair loss or hair re-growth when applied topically.’


After being dumped by two pharmacist, Mr Cohen went to a third pharmacist. When one of the victims needed information for his battles with Mr Cohen, the victim wrote to that third pharmacist, asking what the topical Minoxidil solution contains other than the basic Minoxidil. The third pharmacist responded in an email dated 24 February 2011, saying, ‘The formula also contains Vit B5 5% and Vit A 0.025%.’ That’s it. No special extracts. Vitamins A and B are useless in terms of hair-loss or hair-growth. I suspect that by this time, after all the publicity and the pressure placed upon Mr Cohen to prove that he does have some secret formula, he asked his third pharmacist to inject something — anything — just so that Mr Cohen can say that his formula is unique. Well, the addition of these two vitamins is useless in terms of Minoxidil and its efficacy, so now we have three pharmacists confirming that the Indian curries and secret extracts were never used in any of IHRB’s treatments, so we have all been dudded.

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