A Bondi Junction clinic has been shut down after two patients were admitted to hospital after experiencing adverse reactions allegedly brought upon by botched colon hydrotherapy.
DETOXologie in Bondi Junction, and one of its leading practitioners, Fay Fain, have both received explicit call-outs in an official warning from the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), who had quite a bit to say about the duo.
DETOXologie, for those of you who have not frequented, is a health clinic that essentially offers IV drop therapy and colon hydrotherapy, the latter of which is said to remove most of your stomach pains through some good old ‘irrigation’.
In their warning, which told people to avoid the clinic while NSW Health performs risk assessment, the HCCC pointed out that the patients in hospital may have been affected by an alleged ‘contaminated infusion’, and also said that they could not find any proof whatsoever that Fay Fain is an actual registered medical practitioner… which is reassuring.
“Further evidence indicates Ms Fain has little knowledge of infection control practices and hygiene at Detoxologie was poor,” read the warning.
“It appears colonic irrigation devices were not sterilised between use,” HCCC wrote in the warning.
The thought of that really isn’t a good time.
The warning also pointed out that Fain had allegedly prescribed “Schedule 4 medication” illegally to her patients.
“Medication used by the clinic has been imported from overseas and has not been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration,” they wrote.
“Further, this means the quality, safety and efficacy of the medication has not been tested.”
This isn’t the first time that the clinic has gotten in a spot of trouble, either, with the company copping a massive fine back in September for unlawful advertising.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) handed out three fines to the clinic, which cost them a whopping $39,960 all up, due to the fact that the company claimed that they had TGA approval for their colonic hydrotherapy when they definitely did not.
“There is ongoing liaison with NSW Health, which also has regulatory responsibilities relating to this matter,” said the HCCC website.
“NSW Health is assessing the risk to the health of consumers who have received services from DETOXologie or Ms Fain, and will be contacting those consumers in the following weeks.”
DETOXologie has deleted its website.