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|
In 2015 Sea Shepherd Australia targeted 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: Sea Shepherd (2015)
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: FOE (2017)
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: Advertising Standards Bureau (2010)
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: Choice (2017)
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: Choice (2018)
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: TGA Complaints Register (2014)
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: Choice (2012)
Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a not-for-profit organisation leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia. Each year, APCO Members are required to submit an APCO Annual Report and Action Plan, which includes an overall performance level from 1 (Getting Started) to 5 (Beyond Best Practice). This company received a packaging performance level of 2 (Good Progress) in its 2022 APCO Annual Report.
Source: APCO (2022)
Monkeys in Thailand are kept chained, trained using abusive methods, and forced to climb trees to pick coconuts used for coconut milk, oil, and other products. This company has policies of sourcing from farms where no monkey labour is used.
Source: PETA Asia (2020)
|Type||Family-owned private company|
|Revenue||288 million AUD (2020)|
|Subsidiaries||Cat Media Pty Ltd
Natur-all Pty Ltd
Redwin Industries Pty Ltd
Carotino Australia Pty Ltd (50% owned)
|Address||18 Jubilee Ave, Warriewood, NSW, 2102, Australia|
|Phone||02 9997 1466|
Products / BrandsPharmaCare
Brut Mens Grooming
Ease a Cold Cold & Flu
FatBlaster Weight Loss
GastroHealth Digestive Care
Go Natural Health Bars
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 Body Wash
Rosken Skin Care
Sambucol Cold & Flu
Skin Doctors Skin Care
SlimRight Weight Loss
Wart Off Foot Care