Safety information for consumers

Related information

The TGA monitors the safety of therapeutic goods in Australia and can take action to address safety concerns.

The pages linked below contain information for consumers, patients and carers about the safety of medicines and medical devices.

Reporting medicine problems

  • Report a problem with a medicine
    The TGA encourages health professionals and consumers to report problems with medicines (including prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines) and vaccines so that it can identify and respond to safety concerns

Reporting medical device problems

  • Report a problem with a medical device
    Users of medical devices are encouraged to report problems that have caused, or could cause, harm to patients, carers or others. Investigations of medical device incidents can lead to actions such as product recalls, safety alerts, product improvement, user education and compliance testing.

Product recalls

  • Product recalls
    A product recall is the removal of a therapeutic product from supply on the Australian market due to an 'established deficiency in quality, efficacy or safety'
  • Safe disposal of unwanted medicines
    Unwanted medicines can be returned to local pharmacies involved in the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project

Alerts

  • Alerts
    Alerts provide important information and recommendations about therapeutic products. Even though an alert has been issued, it does not necessarily mean a product has been found to be unsafe

Monitoring communications

  • Monitoring communications
    Monitoring communications aim to highlight potential safety issues with therapeutic products and to increase the available information on these potential safety issues by encouraging reporting of problems.