Associate Professor Ken Harvey, from Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, has been appointed to the executive of Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM). He has been an influential member of the Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Health and Rational Use of Medicines Committee and most recently served on the Federal Government’s Natural Therapies Review Committee, which found no evidence for the effectiveness of any of the 18 common taxpayer-supported alternative treatments reviewed. Dr Harvey was a member of the expert group that drafted the World Health Organization’s Ethical Criteria for Medicinal Drug Promotion. FSM was established in 2011 and is supported by almost 1200 leading Australian scientists and clinicians. “No one has done more to protect consumers from the unethical marketing of prescription and ‘alternative’ medicines in our country,” said FSM president, Professor John Dwyer, AO.
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