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Consultation: Building a more robust medicine supply - proposals to help prevent, mitigate and manage medicine shortages

29 March 2021

This consultation closed on 17 May 2021.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) conducted a public consultation to seek feedback on reforms intended to help ensure ongoing, reliable supply of important medicines in Australia. We specifically sought feedback on four proposals as possible medicine shortage mitigation or management strategies that would:

  • prioritise the evaluation and registration process for certain important generic prescription medicines, to reduce the risk of shortages
  • encourage registration of more generic versions of medicines known to be affected by shortages, to mitigate the impact of those shortages
  • support a more reliable supply of overseas-registered medicines imported into Australia as substitutes when the Australian medicine is in longstanding or repeated shortage.

For more information on the proposals, and to participate in the consultation, please visit consultation hub.


The consultation opened on Monday 29 March 2021. Interested parties responded by close of business, Monday 17 May 2021.


Any questions relating to submissions should be emailed to