Category Archives: Medicine policy

Made in Australia?

On 3 December 2018 the Federal Court ruled that encapsulation in Australia of imported fish oil (from Chile) and Vitamin D (from China) did not qualify for the ‘Made in Australia’ logo. The ACCC welcomed the Federal Court ruling that … Continue reading

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40 Years of Antibiotic Guidelines Anniversary Seminar, 13 November, 2018

Program: 40 Years of Antibiotic Guidelines Anniversary Seminar Event Chair: Dr Liz Marles, Chair, Board of Directors of Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd. Speakers: Fighting Antibiotic Resistance in Melbourne Hospitals  Associate Professor Ken Harvey, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University Surviving Antibiotic expert … 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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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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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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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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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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Launch of TGA Advertising Hub – Initial experience of submitting complaints

This page provides my experience of submitting complaints to the TGA’s new complaint system. It documents the date complaints were submitted and the TGA reference number allocated. Many of these complaints were based on previous complaints upheld by the CRP … 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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