The alleged contraventions relate to the advertising of hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers, not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.
Unless a specific exemption applies, therapeutic goods must be entered in the ARTG before they can be lawfully supplied or advertised in Australia.
The advertisements for hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers made therapeutic claims to treat serious ailments, diseases and conditions.
These included representations in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Such references amount to prohibited and restricted representations under therapeutic goods legislation, and are of significant concern to the TGA given the current pandemic. The TGA recently published a warning to advertisers and consumers about illegal advertising relating to COVID-19.