Category Archives: Pharmaceutical Promotion

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 response to criticism of new complaint handling system; my comment

See: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/05/consumers-wont-know-about-dodgy-drug-ads-under-new-complaints-system-experts-warn The TGA media spokesperson said: “The new system will be more transparent than the previous one, apart from publication of TGA’s performance against key performance indicators detailed information on individual complaints will be published for medium-, serious- and critical-level … 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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TGA Consultation: Complaint handling and monitoring

Yet another TGA consultation; this one closing on 4 June 2018 for a new regulatory system that is meant to start on 1 July 2018! For the last one on the draft new Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code, see my comments … 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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Channel Nine ACA ADHD breakthrough; TGA response to FOI

For Background see: https://croakey.org/a-current-affairs-adhd-breakthrough-bona-fide-news-or-unethical-advertising/ On 27 March 2018, following FOI requests, the TGA confirmed that their Advertising Compliance Unit (ACU) did investigate a complaint about this program submitted by Prof Jon Jureidini to the Complaint Resolution Panel on 21 February 2017 … 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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Complementary medicines: The Peoples Choice?

An article in AJP asks, ‘Are complementary medicines conventional medicine’s inferior cousin or a key player in health?‘ The arguments put forward in this article in favor of complementary medicines are: They are frequently purchased by consumers (which fails to … Continue reading

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