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Using scientific or clinical claims in advertising for therapeutic goods

It’s important to understand how to correctly use scientific or clinical claims when advertising therapeutic goods to the public.

Pete Evans’ company fined $25,200

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued two infringement notices to Peter Evans Chef totalling $25,200 for alleged breaches of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act). Mr Evans is the sole Director/Secretary of the Company.

Advertising pharmacy only medicines

Schedule 3 medicines are pharmacist-only medicines. They are available from pharmacies without a prescription; however, a pharmacist must be consulted to ensure professional advice is received. Schedule 3 medicines will have the words ‘PHARMACIST ONLY MEDICINE’ on the label.

MMS Australia fined $151,200

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued twelve infringement notices totalling $151,200 for the alleged unlawful advertising of Miracle Mineral Supplement (also referred to as Miracle Mineral Solution) and other medicines by Southern Cross Directories trading as MMS Australia.

ATP Science receives $302,400 penalty from the TGA

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued ATP Science with 24 infringement notices totalling $302,400.

Oxymed Australia penalised $63,000

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued Oxymed Australia five infringement notices, with penalties of $63,000 for alleged advertising breaches.

Advertising prostitution in Queensland

In Queensland under the Prostitution Act it is an offence to publish an advertisement for prostitution if it is not in the approved form. The…

Advertising flu shots

The TGA does not regulate the advertising of health services unless an advertisement for a vaccination service also promotes the use of a specific therapeutic good. If it should then the advertisement must comply with the Therapeutic Goods advertising Code.

Alcohol advertising on social media

The way alcohol is promoted and sold influences patrons, the way they consume alcohol and how they behave.

Social media & influencers… therapeutic goods and mandatory warning statements

All advertisements for therapeutic goods must display at least one required ‘mandatory’ statement. These mandatory statements need to be prominently displayed or communicated.

ACCC cracks down on dodgy charitable claims

Businesses need to be careful that any claims they make about donations to charitable causes  can be substantiated. Businesses that make false claims may be found in breach of Australian Consumer Law.

Bookies cop NSW’s largest fine for illegal gambling advertising

Ladbrokes and Neds have been ordered to pay $207,500, the biggest fine of its kind in NSW, for offering illegal gambling inducements to NSW residents.