Category Archives: Pharmaceutical Promotion

Complaints to the TGA by Monash SPHPM Summer Vacation Scholarship students

Darci Bucheli investigated the illegal promotion and supply of whole-body cryotherapy machines within Australia. Their alleged benefits include weight loss, relieving pain instantly, slowing down the ageing process, and improving acne, psoriasis, eczema and autoimmune diseases. The U.S. FDA has … Continue reading

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Vic Skeptics Café, 19/11/2018, Complementary Medicines, Advertising Reform and the TGA

Assoc Prof Ken Harvey and his School of Public Health students (left to right: Mal Vickers, Kithmini Cooray, Mary Malek, Ken Harvey) Speakers: Mal Vickers, Analysis of old and new advertising complaint systems Mary Malek, TGA consultation on “low risk” products Kithmini … Continue reading

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TGA Complaint Outcomes: Pharmacare Laboratories Ease-a-cold products

On 5 July 2018 I complained to the TGA about the promotion of Pharmacare Laboratories Ease-a-cold products (TGA reference AL-B81GN1V3/2018). The TGA have now published the outcome of this complaint noting that in all cases that a breach was found, … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Goods Advertising Consultative Committee, First meeting today

This committee has replaced the now abolished Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code Council. Choice (Australian Consumers’ Association) was a member of previous Code Council (and Complaint Resolution Panel). No doubt the failure of the TGA to invite Choice to this new … Continue reading

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Natural health products the largest selling OTC medicines in 2015–16

From Australia’s health 2018 (full publication; 4 June 2018 edition); see also: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-03/chart-of-the-day-natural-therapies-vitamins/10328514 These results reflect the large amount of money spent on marketing these products (Swisse $50 million per annum) and the failure of the regulator (the TGA) to act on … Continue reading

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APHC 2018 Contested Policy: Complementary Medicines and Advertising Reform

Abstract: PHAA Workshop – Complementary medicine and advertising reform Chair: Ken Harvey Speakers: John Skerritt – Overview of MMD recommendations Alanna Rottler – Pre-approval of certain advertisements to cease Jon Wardle – Permitted indications to replace ARTG ‘free text’ Alanna … Continue reading

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TGA advertising system concerns: response from TGA

For background see: http://www.medreach.com.au/?p=2778 From: SKERRITT, John <John.Skerritt@health.gov.au> Sent: Tuesday, 18 September 2018 21:13 To: ken.harvey@medreach.com.au Cc: MCLAY, Nicole <Nicole.McLay@health.gov.au>; FRANCIS, Jenny <Jenny.Francis@health.gov.au>; SKERRITT, John <John.Skerritt@health.gov.au> Subject: RE: Letter from ACCC – TGA advertising concerns [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] Dear Dr Harvey Thank you … Continue reading

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TGA advertising complaint system concerns: response from Minister Hunt and Ombudsman

Minister Hunt (or more likely the TGA) has now responded to my letter that expressed concerns about the new TGA advertising complaint system. The Minister confirms that the TGA’s advertising complaint system was designed to be non-transparent for low priority … Continue reading

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Complaint to Commonwealth Ombudsman – TGA advertising complaint system

From 1 July 2018, the Therapeutic Goods Administration took over the complaint system for the advertising therapeutic goods to the public from the Complaint Resolution Panel (CRP). Many concerns about this TGA takeover were submitted in consultation submissions. They were … Continue reading

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TGA new complaint system: compliance notices ineffective

Two outcomes (of 16) TGA complaints have now been received. AC-E7JS15BB/2018, submitted 3/8/18,  Brand Developers Australia Pty Ltd – Pain Erazor         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye6s7qB-4Gc&feature=youtu.be “Pain Erazor” (ATG no: 276939) won a 2017 Choice “Shonky” award, was the subject of … Continue reading

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