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Claim number: 17
Claimant: Mr. Peter Michael von Maltitz
Claim date: March 15, 2010
Forum in which the claim was made: Website
Claim methodology: Herbal remedies
Frequency with which the claim is made by this claimant: Frequent
Actual claim: Cures AIDS
Plausibility of this claim: Tests are disputed or inconclusive
- Response no 31: Treatment Action Campaign Complaint to Department of Health's Law Enforcement Unit on 2010-03-15
Documents relevant to this claim
It was brought to TAC's attention that Von Maltitz claims to have discovered a cure for HIV/AIDS. He is operating from a facility run by Catholic Welfare in Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek, Cape Town. This facility is within 100 meters of the local clinic providing antiretroviral care.
Members of the local community and clinicians working in the nearby public health facility are deeply concerned that Von Maltitz activities may result in patients not accessing proven treatments (i.e. antiretrovirals) or that taking these products could be harmful in themselves. There is a concern that drug interactions could inhibit the effectiveness ARVs and lead to drug resistance.
It is apparent from Mr von Maltitz's website that he is distributing or intending to distribute herbal remedies as a treatment for HIV/AIDS and testing herbal remedies on people with HIV.
TAC's complaint to the Department of Health argues that Mr von Maltitz is violating the Medicines Act in two ways:
1. Selling unregistered medicines
2. Conducting an unauthorised clinical trial