Topic archives: adverse events

Consumer group raises concerns about pain medicines – and the company responds

August 22, 2012

Below is an article that ran earlier this week in the Crikey bulletin raising concerns about the ongoing availability of two pain management medicines, and the processes that have enabled this. Carol Bennett, CEO of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, says the TGA has found the drugs, Di-Gesic and Doloxene, to be of questionable […]

We need more action on hospital infections: expert

December 14, 2011

The Centre for Research in Critical Infection held a meeting recently at the University of Sydney, where the hazards of antibiotic resistance and barriers to infection control were key topics of discussion. Professor Lyn Gilbert, an infectious diseases physician and clinical microbiologist, described how public reporting of hospital infections is helping to focus health services […]

Influenza vaccination and children: weighing up the evidence

July 1, 2011

As has been widely reported, the Food and Drug Administration recently sent CSL a warning letter raising concerns about its manufacturing processes and the company’s investigation into problems with its influenza vaccine for children, Fluvax (which has been marketed in the US as Afluria). The letter, dated 15 June, asked for CSL to respond within […]

Adverse events, vaccination and the case for a no-fault compo scheme

June 7, 2011 8

The issue of adverse events associated with vaccination has been in the news recently following the release of the Horvath report, An investigation into the management of adverse effects associated with influenza vaccination of children (with the Panvax and Fluvax products). Meanwhile, a rapid online publication by The Medical Journal of Australia has called for […]

The latest update of health and medical news from The Conversation

May 30, 2011

In the latest update of health and medical news from The Conversation… Reema Rattan and Fron Jackson-Webb write: Here’s a taste of what The Conversation’s health and medical experts have said over the past two weeks: A licensing scheme to make smokers butt out for good By Simon Chapman, Professor of Public Health at the University of […]

Temperatures soar in federal/states stoush over influenza vaccination

October 19, 2010 4

Temperatures are rising in the stoush between federal and state health officials over who was to blame for an inadequate response when evidence began to emerge that young children in WA were suffering febrile convulsions after having the influenza vaccine Fluvax. As previously reported at Croakey, in August a report by a former WA chief […]

Consumer group calls for action on systemic problems highlighted by flu vaccine safety debacle

August 27, 2010 3

The previous Croakey post raising concerns about the response of health authorities to adverse events associated with seasonal influenza vaccination of young children rang a bell with the Consumers Health Forum. The Forum’s executive director, Carol Bennett, has called for urgent action – by COAG, if necessary. The TGA’s mission statement of ‘safeguarding public health […]

An update on influenza, vaccination and other recent controversies

August 26, 2010 8

Herewith, a series of updates of recent news and views in the world of influenza, vaccination etc (including a rather stiff serve directed at the Federal Department of Health and Ageing…) Federal response to WA influenza vaccination review is sorely lacking As mentioned at Croakey previously, the WA Government recently released an important report reviewing […]

Some clever ideas we should steal from the US

August 19, 2010 4

I’ve written an analysis of health election debate and policy, which has been published today at ABC’s The Drum. It draws upon some of the discussion that Croakey has been hosting in recent weeks. Thanks to all those who have been contributing. Also a particular thanks to Associate Professor Mavis Duncanson at Notre Dame University […]

Why the cosmetic surgery industry needs reform

August 15, 2010 14

A Victorian Coroner’s investigation into the death of a young woman, Lauren James, after liposuction has been in the headlines recently. Kathryn Booth, principal of Maurice Blackburn (which represented Lauren James’ partner), and her colleague, lawyer Laura Vines, say the case has wider implications – for cosmetic surgery in particular, and quality and safety in […]

Who suffered from the media splash on these medicines’ harms?

August 15, 2010

In case you missed this recent study in the Medical Journal of Australia, researchers have investigated the likely impact on the population’s health of media coverage of a rare but serious side effect associated with bisphosphonates. In the nine months after an ABC TV report sounding the alarm about these medicines, the researchers estimate that […]

What does the TGA have to say about the Avandia controversy?

July 15, 2010 1

Further to the previous post, wrapping the latest international news on the diabetes drug Avandia with some reaction from Australian experts, here is a statement from a Therapeutic Goods Administration spokeswoman: “Rosiglitazone (Avandia) is used for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in patients inadequately controlled by diet and exercise, as monotherapy or in […]

What does informed consent mean when it comes to swine flu vaccination?

September 24, 2009 3

Further to the earlier post about Minister Roxon’s spruiking of swine flu vaccination (you can see various interviews here, here and here – what a busy day she’s had), I’ve been pondering the issue of informed consent. Below is a document that the Medical Indemnity Protection Society has sent members, making it clear that they […]

Health safety chief offers media some lessons

January 28, 2009 1

Professor Chris Baggoley, Chief Executive of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, sent this email in response to my recent post about the complexity of factors which contribute to errors in the media and health care industries: Hello Melissa While acknowledging that the consequences of actual harm arising from an opinion […]

The media and healthcare: sharing our mistakes

January 27, 2009

In a recent Crikey article, journalist Margaret Simons investigated how The Age newspaper came to publish a column “in error”. Reading about the many factors and circumstances – both systemic and individual – that contributed to the error – I was again reminded of how the media and health industries have so much in common, […]