Australian Medical Institute Under the Regulatory Microscope Over Clinical Trial Practices

Australian Medical Institute Under the Regulatory Microscope Over Clinical Trials Practices

Victoria’s Health Minister has indicated to a watchdog organization there that it should conduct an investigation into the operations of a complementary health care organization conducting research using an unaccredited laboratory while also employing a disgraced former doctor as a trial technician. The concern focuses on a complementary medicine organization in Melbourne called the National Institute of Integrative Medicine. This organization apparently has been processing blood samples for a cancer clinical trial at an unaccredited laboratory—one that the National Association of Testing Authorities doesn’t accredit. An interesting loophole in Australian clinical trials is also discussed.

Recently, The Age reporter Liam Mannix shared a few concerning issues associated with the National Institute of Integrative Medicine. The journalist identified that the organization is using an unaccredited lab as part of a clinical trial. They’ve also employed a trial technician that’s had previous legal troubles as a physician in Australia (the physician’s license was canceled due to the deaths of two of his patients six years ago). And lastly, a troubling loophole in Au...

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