Pharmaceuticals, personal care and health care product manufacturer
Bought Sambucol in 2009, Redwin in 2007, Cat Media (Naturopathica) in 2006, Rosken & Aquasun from Pfizer in 2005, Brut & Norsca in 2004, and Nature's Way from Roche in 2000.
|PharmaCare Laboratories Pty Ltd||AUS||website|
|PharmaCare Laboratories Pty Ltd|
Sea Shepherd Australia is targeting this company over its production of krill-based omega-3 health supplements. Krill are a vital part of the Antarctic food chain and giant factory-ships are sucking up huge amounts of krill for the farmed fish and supplements industries. Vast schools of krill not only function as food for whales, penguins, seals and seabirds, but they are also huge carbon sinks that help mitigate global warming. Pharmacare is one of the largest krill supplement manufacturers in Australia.
[Source 2015][More on Oceans]
Independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth in 2017 found nanoparticles in popular Australian infant formula products that are both illegal in Australia and potentially dangerous, including products by this company. A growing body of scientific research demonstrates that nanoparticles pose threats to human health, raising concerns about their use in food and many other consumer products.
[Source 2017][More on Product Safety]
This company has been criticised for offensive advertising. In 2009/10 the Advertising Standards Bureau upheld complaints about four ads by this company on the grounds that they breached advertising codes. The ads were subsequently discontinued or modified.
[Source 2010][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
Named and shamed in the 2017 CHOICE Shonky Awards for claiming its Vitamin Gummies are good for kids teeth. CHOICE points out that even though kids rarely need vitamin supplementation, these products are marketed to kids and are full of sugar.
[Source 2017][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
Named and shamed in the 2018 CHOICE Shonky Awards for its Bioglan homeopathic melatonin. While melatonin (currently a prescription-only medicine in Australia) is known to promote sleep and is used to help people suffering jet lag or sleep disorders, there's no reliable evidence that homeopathic melatonin (or homeopathic products in general) has any effect other than as a placebo. Despite this, the company makes the claim that Bioglan Melatonin helps "relieve mild temporary insomnia and symptoms of mild nervous tension".
[Source 2018][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
On 26 separate occasions between 2010 and 2014 the Therapeutic Goods Administration's Complaints Resolution Panel upheld complaints about ads by this company on the grounds that they breached advertising codes, more than any other company. The ads were subsequently withdrawn.
[Source 2014][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
Named and shamed in the 2012 CHOICE Shonky Awards. Nature's Way Kids Smart Natural Medicine range of homeopathic remedies for various ailments is effectively water with blackcurrant flavour. The harm comes from it doing nothing for your children in the expensive and mistaken belief you're doing something.
[Source 2012][More on Product Safety]
|Company Structure||Private company|
|Revenue||$182 million in 2010|
|# Employees||250 in 2014|
|Subsidiaries||Cat Media Pty Ltd
Redwin Industries Pty Ltd
Carotino Australia Pty Ltd (50% owned)
|Address||16 Jubilee Ave, Warriewood, NSW, 2102, Australia|
|Phone||02 9997 1466|
|Fax||02 9997 1698|
Products / BrandsPharmaCare
Brut Mens Grooming
Ease a Cold Cold & Flu
FatBlaster Weight Loss
GastroHealth Digestive Care
Invite Skin Care
Jbronze Tanning Lotions
KP24 Lice Treatment
Nature's Way Sports Nutrition
Nature's Way Vitamins
Nature's Way Weight Loss
Nature's Way Kombucha
Nature's Way Cold & Flu
Nature's Way Health Foods
Nature's Way Baby Formula
NutriSlim Weight Loss
Pyrenel Lice Treatment
Reducta Weight Loss
Redwin Skin Care
Redwin Hand Wash/Sanitiser
Redwin Bodywash/Shower Gel
Rosken Skin Care
Sambucol Cold & Flu
Skin Doctors Skin Care
SlimRight Weight Loss
Wart Off Foot Care
Unilever sells Brut and Norsca to Pharmacare
1st Sep 2003 — (FOREIGN >> AUST) Previously owned by Unilever, the two brands were sold to a smaller company, Pharmacare (Australian Owned), in 2003 as part of Unilever's strategy to pare down its product portfolio and focus only on a core range of global brands. [source]