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TGA consumer survey 2018
Scope of TGA regulation
Survey participants were asked to identify areas that the TGA regulates. Overall, those areas that the TGA regulates were selected more commonly than incorrect selections (Table 21). Most commonly identified correct areas are Any medicines available in a pharmacy (1,153 selections), Medicines prescribed by a doctor (1,106 selections) and Medicines available in supermarkets (916 selections).
Amongst the incorrect selections, Medical procedures (397 selections), Allied health professionals (313 selections) and Health professionals (311 selections) were most commonly misattributed.
Table 21: Scope of TGA regulation
|Medicines prescribed by a doctor||1106||64.0|
|Advertising of medicines and medical devices||795||46.0|
|Medicines available in supermarkets||916||53.0|
|Any medicines available in a pharmacy||1153||66.8|
|Medical devices, such as bandages and pacemakers||812||47.0|
|Health professionals (e.g. Doctors, Nurses)||311||18.0|
|Allied health professionals (e.g. Physiotherapists)||313||18.1|
|Medical procedures (e.g. scans, tests, surgery)||397||23.0|
The overall accuracy of individual responses highlights that 6.9% provided a correct response to this question (i.e. all correct selections and no incorrect selections). A total of 358 (20.7%) responses selected all of the correct areas that the TGA regulates, however of these, only 120 (6.9%) did not also select one or more inaccurate areas. Similarly, 822 (47.6%) responses did not select any incorrect responses, yet most failed to select all of the correct responses (Table 22).
|Correct selections (/6)|
|No correct selections||170||9.8|
|All correct selections||358||20.7|
|Incorrect selections (/6)|
|No incorrect selections||822||47.6|
|All incorrect selections||30||1.7|
Across the two samples (Panel vs Opt-in) there are considerable variations in terms of understanding of the focus of TGA regulations. Opt-in respondents show a higher level of understanding of the focus of TGA regulation, with 14.4% of this group providing accurate responses. More than half (51.9%) of this group made no incorrect selections (of areas TGA does not regulate) and more than 1 in 3 (36.8%) selected all correct responses (of areas TGA does regulate). A minimal 2.1% of Panel based responses provided accurate responses, with only 10.2% selecting all of the correct responses and 44.8% making no incorrect responses.