Category Archives: Medicine policy

Launch of TGA Advertising Hub – Initial experience of submitting complaints

The TGA Advertising hub has noted: “We are experiencing intermittent IT issues that are impacting this form. If you experience an error lodging a complaint, please try again later. We are working to fix this issue as a matter of … Continue reading

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TGA’s new complaint system fails the Ease-a-cold test; Outcomes of Advertising Complaints Investigations Specification 2018 enacted

Stimulated by an article in today’s “The Conversation” on Pharmacare Laboratories Ease-a-Cold (below), I decided to try the TGA’s new complaint system.As I mentioned in a comment on this article, this product has been the subject of a previous article … Continue reading

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TGA Advertising Portal and Complaint System now live; Industry embrace permissible indications

See: https://www.tga.gov.au/advertising-hub and: https://ajp.com.au/news/tga-explains-new-advertising-landscape/ However, there are still concerns about the transparency of the new system and my colleagues and I are holding off submitting complaints until we know: The outcome of the TGA Consultation: Complaints handling – Advertising therapeutic goods to … Continue reading

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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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