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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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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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Another ineffective TGA complaint outcome: Detox Foot Pads Scams

Image purporting to show toxins withdrawn by detox foot pads. From (6/9/18): https://www.happynaturaltherapies.com.au/shop/happy-feet-foot-patches-box-40-20-pairs/ This product is on the ARTG no: 148412, sponsor: Rebark Trading Pty Ltd – Absorbent; Intended purpose: to absorb (to draw into itself) undesired toxins from the body. … Continue reading

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Letter to The Age 5/9/18 Spotlight on regulators

Your editorial (2/9) says the government should have a more rigorous process to protect consumers from ineffective treatments and products. There are government regulators that are meant to do this job but they are weak and ineffective. The Australian Health … Continue reading

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Non-transparent outcome of TGA complaint: Sawyer Extractor™ Pump for Snake Bite, AC-22VHXCSG/2018

Screen shot 03/09/2018: https://www.survivalsuppliesaustralia.com.au/products/sawyer-extractor-kit.php On 30/07/ 2018 I submitted that this was a “critical” complaint because it undermined accepted public health messages about the treatment of snakebite and was likely to lead to harm or injury if the claims were relied … Continue reading

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Further experience of submitting complaints to TGA portal

On 9 August 2018, the Assistant Director, Advertising Complaints and Compliance Section, TGA requested more information about a complaint I made on 6 July 2018 about Pharmacare FatBlaster products (AC-GBKDH2XG/2018). I believe this request was unreasonable as the information requested could have readily … Continue reading

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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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