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Advertising cosmetic services and injections

Cosmetic injections are generally administered to temporarily remove/reduce wrinkles and lines on the face, around the eyes, forehead, lips and neck or to improve the appearance of submental fat.

Water filter cartridge company’s watery claims

Saipol Technologies, a water filter cartridges business, has acknowledged it was likely to have breached the Australian Consumer Law.

$10 million bitter pill for Peptide Clinics Australia

The Federal Court ordered that Peptide Clinics Australia pay $10 million to the Commonwealth for breaches of the mandatory rules for advertising of medicines, including the ban on advertising prescription-only medicines to the public.

Is it an ad for medicinal cannabis?

Care needs to be taken that published information about medicinal cannabis does not appear to be designed or calculated to support or encourage the use or supply of medicinal cannabis.

Nowhere to run for Clinic over $38,600 penalty

The Running Clinic (Australia) formerly trading as the Heel Clinic, was convicted and fined for advertising offences under the National Law. It was fined $30,600 and ordered to pay AHPRA’s costs of $8,000.

GSK and Novartis feel pain over misleading Voltaren claims

GSK and Novartis admitted that from January 2012 to March 2017, they marketed Osteo Gel as being specifically formulated and more effective than Emulgel in treating osteoarthritis related pain and inflammation. In fact, Osteo Gel and Emulgel products are essentially the same.

Advertising flu shots

When advertising ‘seasonal influenza’ (flu) vaccination service, providers may only indirectly reference the vaccine (flu shots) administered as part of the service by identifying it as either “trivalent vaccine” or “quadrivalent vaccine”.

Heart Foundation uses bold newspaper campaign to highlight “serial killer”

Print campaign taps into true crime appeal to raise awareness about health issue 

South Australian man faces criminal charges for dealing with counterfeit and unapproved medicines

Following investigations by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) the Adelaide Magistrates Court sentenced a South Australian man in relation to illegal acts involving counterfeit therapeutic goods.

Peptide Clinic Australia in Court over advertising claims

Peptide Clinics Australia is alleged to have advertised compounded prescription only therapeutic goods, including ‘peptides’, on its website and other social media platforms, accessible to both registered customers and the public.

Hearing aid retailers fined $2.5 million for misleading pensioners

The Federal Court has ordered hearing aid retailers Oticon Australia and Sonic Innovations to pay penalties totalling $2.5 million for misleading pensioners through newspaper advertisements for hearing aids sold by AudioClinic and HearingLife clinics.

$45,000 fine for NSW Chinese medicine practitioner

A New South Wales Chinese medicine practitioner has been convicted of unlawful advertising of a regulated health service after an investigation by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).