Category Archives: Medicine policy

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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Civil Society Hearing on Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill, ANU 24 Jan 2017

The Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) has tried to bypass the Senate Committee system on the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No.1) Bill by arguing that it was non-controversial! Which it certainly is not regarding its provisions for advertising and complementary … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill now sent to Senate

This is a win! The Department of Health, TGA and the Health Minister’s Office have been trying to bypass the Senate Committee system on this Bill arguing that it was non-controversial! Which it is not!         Fortunately, Greens … Continue reading

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TGA Consultation Submissions: Regulatory reform of complementary medicines and advertising

The regulatory framework for advertising therapeutic goods Reforms to the regulatory framework for complementary medicines – assessment pathways Options for the future regulation of “low-risk” products Draft List of Permitted Indications Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code See also: Australian patients vulnerable … Continue reading

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Concerns about the Exposure Draft of Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

See the paper: “Concerns about the Exposure Draft of Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017” See also submissions to TGA Consultations on “regulatory reform”     by

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Letter to The Age 02/10/2017: Heed evidence

Consumer Affairs Victoria ordered Penguin to provide a “prominent warning” on all future books they publish about natural therapies (“Shining a spotlight on the self-help industry”, The Age, 30/9), explaining that the claims made are not evidence-based. A similar disclaimer … Continue reading

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Seminar Program, Papers and Presentations: The Advertising of Therapeutic Goods and Services (and its regulation)

Seminar program Papers Ken Harvey. Seminar Background Paper Sitesh Bhojani and Jodie Valadon. The multi-regulator model for Australian Consumer Law: effective or useless? Paul Lacaze & Jane Tiller. Online Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing in Australia: Concerns, Regulation and Recommendations Presentations delivered … Continue reading

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