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TGA Consultation: Proposed therapeutic goods advertising code guidance

This submission by Alanna Rottler, Mal Vickers and myself  has also has been endorsed by Friends of Science in Medicine. Our previous submissions to TGA consultations have noted that many recommendations made by civil society had been ignored. Most have … 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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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Image purporting to show toxins withdrawn by detox foot pads.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 (published)

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 and 8/11/2019 https://www.survivalsuppliesaustralia.com.au/products/sawyer-extractor-kit.php N.B. Finally taken down from this site on 26/11/2018 after publicity on ABC Background Briefing (around 34 minutes in) BUT, still available 27/11/2018 at https://www.amazon.com.au/Sawyer-Products-B4-Extractor-Pump/dp/B000AU9PEC Finally removed 12/12/2018 On 30/07/ 2018 I submitted that … 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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