Category Archives: Pharmaceutical Promotion

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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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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Monash School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine Students: A Tribute

An end of year tribute to the Monash SPHPM students I’ve been engaged with, especially those who worked with me on the Summer Vacation Scholarship Program and those who presented at the Victorian Skeptics meeting on 18 December, 2017.   … 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 provides complementary medicine industry with “Get Out of Jail Free card”

The TGA have recently given approval (under section 42DF of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989) for a restricted advertising representation by The Tomato Pill Company for Ateronon XY Pro: “Saw Palmetto is traditionally used in herbal medicine to help relieve the … 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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