Category Archives: Medicine policy

TGA Complaint Handling – Our submission

There was considerable support for the concept of single body taking over the existing Therapeutic Goods Advertising Complaint System to provide a single, more efficient, complaint body, with powers to apply timely and meaningful sanctions for regulatory violations. The Government then … Continue reading

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Choice takes campaign to disallow the Permissible Indications Determination to Canberra

Katinka Day, Choice Campaigns and Policy Team Lead, delivers mock-ups of shonky products allowed by the TGA’s permissible indications determination to Senators, see: https://campaigns.choice.com.au/tga-fact-over-fiction/ https://ajp.com.au/news/choice-calls-out-supplement-claims/ http://www.medreach.com.au/?p=2594 by

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Campaign to disallow the Therapeutic Goods (Permissible Indications) Determination No.1 of 2018

The Therapeutic Goods (Permissible Indications) Determination No.1 of 2018 is currently on the Senate Disallowable Instruments List until 25 June 2018. Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) have joined Choice (the Australian Consumers’ Association) and other civil society organisations to petition … Continue reading

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TGA Consultation: Draft therapeutic goods advertising code 2018 #2

For background, see TGA Consultation: Draft therapeutic goods advertising code 2018 #1 Our full submission is available here. It’s endorsed by Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) and the writing was assisted by two Monash University students, Malcolm Vickers (MPH) and … Continue reading

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TGA Consultation: Draft therapeutic goods advertising code 2018 #1

The TGA is seeking comments from interested parties on the proposed draft Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2018 (the Code) and associated guidance document. Comments should be submitted to the TGA by COB Friday 27 April. Typically, many suggestions to improve the … Continue reading

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ABC RN Roundtable: New regulatory framework for complementary medicines called into question

  Presented by Hugh Riminton Producer Skye Docherty   Broadcast Sunday 18 February, 2018. Listen or download here. Hugh interviewed: Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary for the Federal Department of Health in charge of medicines’ regulation Dr Cameron Loy is … Continue reading

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Letter in ‘The Australian’ 16/02/2018 – A triple cash burner

The revision of surgical procedures deemed “unnecessary, wasteful and risky” (“Health waste: spinal fusion added to list”, 14/2) is good news for the troubled health budget, but you must ask why this approach is so lamentably piecemeal, especially at the … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017 passed by Senate

This Bill was passed this morning (15/02/2018) by the Senate with the Labor supporting a Government amendment to continue advertising pre-approval (in mainstream media) for 2 years with a review after 18 months. The Government and Labor did not support … Continue reading

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More Publicity on the Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017

‘Softens hardness’: TGA under fire for health claim list that critics say endorses pseudoscience New list of permitted advertising lines for complementary medicine products does little to protect consumers ‘The Project’ (09/02/2018)  also had a hilarious segment on TGA traditional indication craziness. … Continue reading

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Government machinations: Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017

I have reported previously on the Senate inquiry on this Bill and the public forum held to discuss civil society concerns (which TGA staff were instructed not to attend). The report of the Government controlled Senate Committee recommended that the … Continue reading

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