Find out what the labels on your medicines mean

Medical Channel

4 February 2015

Medical Channel is a company that provides information for patients and carers on TV screens in waiting rooms. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has been working with Medical Channel to provide short video clips for the channel.

Please note that Medical Channel does not use audio as waiting rooms are intended to be quiet places.


What do the labels on my medicines mean?

Medicine labels tell you important information about the product, including:

  • How to use it
  • How to store it
  • The expiry date

They also show if your medicine is:

  • Registered - Aust R (e.g. painkillers); or
  • Listed - Aust L (e.g. glucosamine)

Medicines are either registered or listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

What's the difference?

Registered - Aust R = Higher Risk

Listed - Aust L - Lower risk

Watch our video on registered and listed medicines

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These educational materials are provided by the TGA (a part of the Department of Health) solely for the purpose of providing general education on the TGA regulatory scheme. The materials should not be taken to be a detailed description of the scheme, or advice on the application of the therapeutic goods legislation in particular cases. Nor should they be taken to be statements of policy.

People requiring information or advice on the application of the therapeutic goods legislation in particular cases should make their own enquiries.

Whilst due care has been taken in their preparation, the Department of Health cannot guarantee, and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information contained in these materials.

These materials are based on the scheme as it is in February 2014.