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Claim number: 7

Claimant: Gogo's Traditional Medicines (GTM)

Claim date: June 6, 2008

Brand name: Bantam Tonic and Pisces Tonic

Forum in which the claim was made: Advert in Sowetan Newspaper

Claim methodology: Tonic

Frequency with which the claim is made by this claimant: Once off

Actual claim: Treats AIDS

Plausibility of this claim: Untested and implausible



The advertisement posted by Gogo's Traditional Medicines (GTM) was for two products: Bantam Tonic, which GTM claims increases CD4 count, and Pisces Tonic, which is said to guard against opportunistic infections.

The basis of TAC's complaint was that none of the claims made about the therapeutic efficacy of GMTs products were substantiated. There was also no evidence that either Bantam or Pisces Tonics had ever been registered with the Medicines Control Council or that their safety, quality and efficacy had ever been established.

See ASASA ruling at: http://www.tac.org.za/community/files/ASASA_Ruling_GTM_29-09-08.pdf