Tag Archives: Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code

Consequences of TGA failure to act on complaints about illegal products

Therapeutic goods must be entered by the sponsor in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG)  before they can be legally sold. The purpose is to ensure consumers have some protection against potentially dangerous or fraudulent goods &/or misleading and … Continue reading

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TGA fails to act on the promotion and sale of unapproved therapeutic goods

Products not regulated by the TGA represent, “a serious risk” says the regulator in, “Buying medicines and medical devices“. “These items have a high chance of being counterfeit, containing the wrong amount of active ingredient, being contaminated with toxic chemicals, … 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 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Image purporting to show toxins withdrawn by detox foot pads.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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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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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 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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