AVN’s Black Salve Treatment Advertising Ruled Out By Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration

Just a few minutes ago, on the ABC website – Anti-vaccination group fails to stop advertising ‘cancer treatment’:

The anti-vaccination group that goes under the name Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) has failed to comply with a Government order to stop advertising a product as a treatment for cancer.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) found the group advertised “black salve” on its website and on a DVD… The TGA says the substance is corrosive and essentially burns off layers of skin and surrounding normal tissue, and can leave significant scarring.

The authority ordered last month the group must stop advertising the product as a treatment for cancer, or suggesting that other cancer treatments are ineffective.

Apparently the TGA is yet to take further action. I hope they do so, soon.

If you don’t know about black salve, here’s some useful links:

Cansema on Wikipedia

Quackwatch – Don’t Use Corrosive Cancer Salves (Escharotics)

ABC’s The World Today back in 2012 with “TGA issues warning on skin cancer remedy”, includes transcript

Retailers in Perth earlier this year told to stop selling and using it.



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