The compounding pharmacist who supplied vitamins and minerals to the iv.me “hydration clinic” says the use of such infusions to treat hangovers is not appropriate, and until media coverage of iv.me, he had not heard of them.
“I strongly oppose the idea of hangover IV clinics,” Dr Michael Serafin, of Ballina’s Complementary Compounding Services, told the AJP.
“Alcohol is a proven poison to the body and if discovered today would not be allowed on the market due to its toxicity, and if they could justify a medical use for it I am sure it would require a prescription.
“Its consumption should be discouraged and not glorified with a quick fix solution if you over-indulge.”
The iv.me clinic, operating from Holdsworth House in Sydney marketed itself as “Australia’s Premier Intravenous Vitamin Clinic”. NSW Health shut the clinic down after a woman was hospitalised following the administration of one of its products.
The IV.me clinic team was led by pharmacist Shadi Kazeme, who holds a provisional registration according to AHPRA.
“We supplied Holdsworth House Medical Center a couple of Nutritional Injectables on prescription, where I believe Shadi was employed to oversee the IV patients under the supervision of the doctors at this clinic,” Dr Serafin told the AJP.
“I was of the understanding they were being used for legitimate medical purposes such as anemia, fatigue, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, malabsorption, etc, etc.”
He says that until he began to see the media coverage of iv.me clinics over the last few days, he had never heard of them.
“At this stage I am waiting for the Health Department’s investigation findings before I jump to any conclusions about how they were in fact being used, as the media reports are not a reliable or accurate source.
“If they were indeed used for other means than I was lead to believe then yes, I was mislead.
“I do however feel that legitimate IV clinics under direct doctor’s supervision with consultations and appropriate testing supplying IV nutrients for medical purposes where appropriate could help patients with a number of chronic health conditions if it is done correctly.”