Consumer Health Digest #18-34

Your Weekly Update of News and Reviews
August 26, 2018


Consumer Health Digest is a free weekly e-mail newsletter edited by William M. London, Ed.D., M.P.H., with help from Stephen Barrett, M.D. It summarizes scientific reports; legislative developments; enforcement actions; news reports; Web site evaluations; recommended and nonrecommended books; and other information relevant to consumer protection and consumer decision-making. Its primary focus is on health, but occasionally it includes non-health scams and practical tips.


Philippine cancer clinic shut down. The Philippine Food and Drug Administration has closed the Dr. Farrah Agustin-Bunch Natural Medical Center at Barangay (village) Maluid in Tarlac province after a court-approved search revealed it had been selling unregistered health products promoted by Dr. Agustin-Bunch as natural cancer remedies. This pharmacy/medical center may also be fined for selling various items bearing the "Dr. Farrah" label that have been seized. [Adelaida M. FDA shuts down Tarlac pharmacy for selling unregistered products. Inquirer.net, Aug. 17, 2018] The medical center's Web site has claimed:

But Dr. Stephen Barrett notes:

[Barrett S. A skeptical look at the activities of Farrah Agustin-Bunch, M.D. Quackwatch. Aug. 25, 2018]


Hydrogen peroxide hucksterism exposed. According to a new investigative report:

Dr. Barrett, who commented in the article on the overall failure of regulatory agencies to stop the marketing of such products, pointed out that no regulation or policy will be effective until their sale is no longer profitable.


Sale of kid-friendly labeled e-cigarette liquids halted. After receiving warning letters from the FDA, and in some cases from the Federal Trade Commission, 17 manufacturers, distributors and retailers have stopped selling nicotine-containing products that resemble kid-friendly food products, such as juice boxes, candy or cookies. [Companies cease sales of e-liquids with labeling or advertising that resembled kid-friendly foods following FDA, FTC warnings. FDA News Release, Aug. 23, 2018]


Skeptic Zone interviews Dr. Barrett. Richard Saunders has posted a 15-minute discussion with Dr. Stephen Barrett about quackery, excessive drug prices, and inadequate medical device regulation. [The Skeptic Zone #514, Aug. 26, 2018] The discussion begins at 5:24 of the podcast.


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