The TGA often receives questions about such things as our role, or issues relating to medicines and medical devices and their use. Because these questions are of broad interest, we have provided answers to a number of them here.
We will continue to update this section as new questions come in. If you have any queries that are not answered here, please don't hesitate to contact us.
- Alere Determine HIV 1/2 Ag/Ab Combo test: information for consumers
Questions and answers about the Alere Determine HIV1/2 Ag/Ab Combo test
- Black salve, red salve and cansema
Black salve, red salve and cansema are products containing an active ingredient called sanguinarine.
- Buying medical devices
When buying a medical device it is advisable to only choose a medical device that is recommended by a healthcare professional and has been included on the ARTG
- Buying medicines and medical devices over the Internet
The Internet can offer consumers a convenient way to access therapeutic goods, but online purchases of medicines or devices should be approached with caution.
- Electronic cigarettes
The Australian Government is concerned about the use of electronic cigarettes in Australia, and the retail sale of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is illegal.
- Food and medicine regulation
Manufacturers and importers of products need to know whether the products are regulated as therapeutic goods or as food because different regulatory requirements apply
- Generic prescription medicines: Fact sheet
Fact sheet on generic medicines for consumers
- HIV self-tests in Australia: questions and answers
Questions and answers about HIV self-tests
- Is the therapeutic good available in Australia?
How to find out if a therapeutic goods is available in Australia
- Listed medicines: The role of Australia's medicines regulator
Different types of medicines are regulated in different ways by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, depending on what they contain and how they are to be used
- Medicine labels and manufacturing information
On a medicine label you can find the name and address of the Australian sponsor or supplier of the goods
- NSAIDs and cardiovascular risks: questions and answers
Questions and answers about non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and cardiovascular risks
- Publicly available information about therapeutic goods
Answers for consumers about publicly available information on therapeutic goods
- Recommended paracetamol doses
The TGA has considered the changes in the USA and the UK and recommends that there should be no change to recommended paracetamol dosing regimens in Australia
- Sunscreens: information for consumers
Information about SPF ratings, using sunscreens, sunscreen regulation, and nanoparticles in sunscreens
- What's on a medicine label?
A medicine label tells you what you are buying, what it can do for you and how to use it to get the best results. It provides important information about storage conditions and the expiry date.
Web page last updated: Monday, 20 January 2014