PowerBand wrist straps forced to retract misleading ads by Aus TGA Complaints Resolution Panel

Posted by: on November 16th, 2010

If you suspected a bit of BS was doing the rounds with those “PowerBand” wrist strap ads, the Australian Consumer ComplaintsResolution Panel  (http://www.tgacrp.com.au/) agrees.

After a number of people complained to the Therapeutic Goods Administration and those claims were rejected on the grounds of the device not being a “Therapeutic Device” the issue was taken on by Professor Ken Harvey of Latrobe University who took them to task and escalated the issues to the TGA Complaints Resolution Tribunal and has achieved a judgement against their claims for false and misleading advertising.

They have now been required to publish a retraction on all websites where the product was sold in Australia admitting that they made unlawful claims, not supported by any evidence. Now, if only they would be forced to refund all the money they’ve ripped off of unsuspecting mugs!

I’ve posted a copy of the judgement on my website here:

http://www.kitesurfing.com.au/documents/CRP2010-06-018PowerWristBandsdoc.pdf

Here’s a link to a previous article in the Sydney Morning Herald prior to the judgement:

http://www.smh.com.au/national/the-power-of-one–band-claims-to-be-tackled-by-health-regulator-20100623-yz9c.html

One small win for science and reason.

Look for additional articles in the Sydney Morning Herald and other mainstream media soon.

Oh, the power of the placebo!

3 Comments

  1. The Zig on November 17th 2010, 7:38 am

    If you ever bought into the whole thing in the first place, you're a complete idiot and deserve to loose your money.

  2. Grum on November 18th 2010, 11:59 am

    You mean…..it was not true?

    Actually….based upon the companies claims…and there is material in sources such as You Tube providing "examples" of their functionality….it would be relatively simple for people (even the company) to design and undertake controlled experiments to determine their effect (if any). The fact that no such studies were provided may mean that the company did not want to undertake such studies.

    By the way…the company could do such studies now in response to the cease and decist order. All that would be needed is a set of voluntee participants (say about 30…but more if the "effect size" is small) and about 10 minutes of their time…and then a few t tests.

    Pity various claims regarding a range of other "divine" intervention are not subject to similar jurisdiction..

  3. chris byrne on November 28th 2010, 4:12 pm

    It's a damned disgrace when the average punter is simply ignored by the TGA. Seems that the only way to get attention is to enlist the help of an academic or the media.

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