TGA orders IHRB to stop advertising

TGA orders IHRB to stop advertising

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On 27 February¬†2014, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Ordered IHRB to stop advertising. The Order was made under Regulation 9 of the Therapeutic Goods Regulation 1990. IHRB must, by law, take certain actions in relation to the complaint that I had submitted about IHRB’s advertising which the Complaints Resolution Panel had found to be ‘unlawful, misleading and unverified’. The Panel placed Sanctions on IHRB, which Mr Sam Cohen, owner of IHRB, had ignored for over two years. You can keep an eye on how long IHRB has been in breach of those Sanctions, at this link.

Professor John Skerritt, National Manager of the TGA, advised that the TGA has Ordered Sam Cohen and IHRB to:

1) Withdraw print media and internet advertising;

2) Withdraw any representations, including implied representations, that the advertised goods:

— are free of side effects;
— effective in all cases of hair loss or for all sufferers of hair loss;
— can aid in hair regrowth on all parts of the scalp;
— can aid in the regrowth of natural hair for those experiencing hair loss;
— could be effective in cases where other therapeutic goods such as Minoxidil had not been effective;

3) Withdraw any representations that:

— DHT is ‘the balding gene’; and
— the advertised goods block ‘the balding gene’;
— or that the advertised ‘natural and herbal’ goods can help people with genetic baldness regrow their own natural hair.

4) Publish a retraction on the IHRB website.

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