Can the TGA ever win? Regulator in hot debate over ear candles

Critics say the regulator is 'abdicating its responsibility'


alternative medicine

It’s probably not going to shake the foundations of healthcare, but last month the TGA issued a statement on its website declaring it would no longer bother regulating the sale and use of ‘thermal auricular therapies’ — a fancy term for what we know as ear candles.

Ear candles have been a big seller in the world of alternative medicine for some years and you can still find them on pharmacy shelves promoted as a treatment for the build-up of ear wax and numerous other ailments from vertigo to deafness.

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