27 March 2020
- Australian traveller fined for importing unapproved products in luggage
An individual has been fined for the alleged importation of unapproved therapeutic goods to be used in cosmetic procedures after returning from an overseas trip to China.
- Be alert when considering cosmetic injections
Risks associated with cosmetic injections can be related to both the product and the experience of the person performing the procedure.
- Company will pay over $25,000 in fines for alleged importation of unapproved therapeutic goods
Operation Antlia targets the illegal use of therapeutic goods in the cosmetics industry.
- Growing complacency with cosmetic injections could have serious consequences
A reminder about the presence of counterfeit products and the conversations patients should be having with their doctor during consultations.
- Cosmetic injections: beware of 'home based' beauty services
The TGA has received reports of individuals offering these services from home-based beauty salons. These home based services may be using imported products, which have not been approved for supply in Australia.
- Cosmetic injections overview
Information to help the public make informed decisions about whether or not to get cosmetic injections.
Buying health products online
- Consumers face health risks buying erectile dysfunction medicines online
The TGA is warning consumers to consult with their doctor prior to purchasing medicines for erectile dysfunction from overseas websites.
- Buyer beware when considering weight loss products from overseas websites
Australians should be extremely cautious when considering buying medicines online to lose weight, particularly from unknown overseas websites.
- Buying medicines and medical devices online
The Internet can offer consumers a convenient way to access therapeutic goods, but online purchases of medicines or medical devices should be approached with caution.
- Can I import it?
Important information for people who want to import medicines or medical devices currently not approved for supply in Australia.
- Personal importation scheme
Individuals can legally import most therapeutic goods for personal use under the Personal Importation Scheme.
- Blog post: Can I import a medicine for personal use?
Provided all appropriate rules are followed, many medicines can be imported for personal use under the Personal Importation Scheme.
Counterfeit medicines and medical devices
- International agencies crackdown on fake medicines
Joint media release between Australian Border Force and the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
- Counterfeit medicines and medical devices
If you take or use counterfeit medicines or medical devices you are risking your health.
Advertising medicines and medical devices
- Advertising hub
The advertising hub brings together news and information about the regulation of therapeutic goods advertising.
- Oxymed Australia Pty Ltd fined $63,000 for alleged advertising breaches
The TGA has issued Oxymed Australia Pty Ltd five infringement notices, with penalties of $63,000 for alleged advertising breaches
- Court proceedings commenced against Evolution Supplements Australia and its sole director for alleged advertising breaches
The Secretary of the Department of Health has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia for alleged breaches of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
- Impersonation of Commonwealth public officials
We are aware that a member of the public has asked a medical clinic to remove vaccination posters, implying that he is an officer of the TGA. Posters relating to vaccines sanctioned by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Immunisation Program are permitted by the therapeutic goods advertising requirements.
- Advertising compliance annual reports
Annual reports about advertisting compliance
- Redback SARMs pays fine for advertising prescription-only substances
Infringement notice issued for the alleged advertising of Schedule 4 substances
- PharmaCare pays $12,600 fine for alleged advertising of cancelled therapeutic good
Infringement notice issued for the alleged advertising of a cancelled therapeutic good
- TGA cracking down on non-compliant advertising of bioresonance and similar devices
The TGA has commenced work on a sector-wide compliance activity relating to the advertising of bioresonance devices
- $10 million penalty ordered against Peptide Clinics Pty Ltd for advertising breaches
This legal action followed an investigation by the TGA.
- Blog post: How we stop advertisers from taking advantage of vulnerable consumers
Learn how we manage complaints about therapeutic goods advertising.
- Blog post: If it walks like a therapeutic good, talks like a therapeutic good...
Some retailers try to use disclaimers such as 'for research purposes only' to sell an illegal product, however these disclaimers don't change the law.
Performance and image enhancement
- Man fined for alleged importation and advertising of unapproved therapeutic goods
Infringement notices issued for the alleged importation and advertising of unapproved performance and image enhancing products.
- Sports supplements in Australia
Information on how supplements are regulated in Australia.
- Performance and image enhancing drugs
Information for consumers on the use of performance and image enhancing drugs.
- The TGA seize SARMs and Nootropics during search warrants in the Sutherland Shire, NSW
On Thursday 30 May 2019, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) executed four search warrants connected to a business operating in the Sutherland Shire, Sydney.
- Consumer story: Tim and selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs)
Tim's story explains the risks of illegal, unapproved SARMs.
- Australian company pays fine for illegal medicine exports
On 14 December 2018, the TGA issued an infringement notice for export of unlawful medicines from Australia.
- Consumer story: Caitlin and medicinal cannabis
Caitlin's story explains how a patient in Australia can legally access medicinal cannabis.
- Medicinal cannabis: importation and the traveller's exemption
Medicinal cannabis products can be imported into Australia for the treatment of patients through a number of mechanisms.
- Black salve, red salve and cansema
The TGA advises consumers against purchasing or using black salve, red salve and cansema products.
- The TGA has seized Bloodroot Salve (Black Salve) and Bloodroot Capsules during search warrant on the Gold Coast
On Thursday 9 May 2019, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), in conjunction with Queensland Police Services and the Australian Taxation Office, executed a search warrant.
- TGA laboratory testing reports
Detailed reports related to specific testing projects.
- Database of TGA laboratory testing results
Results of TGA Laboratory testing are released in every 6 months in the Database of TGA laboratory testing results.
- Thermography should not be relied on for early detection of breast cancer
The TGA is urging consumers not to rely on unproven breast imaging technologies, such as breast thermography, to detect breast cancer.
- TGA strengthens regulation of stem cell treatments
New regulations for stem cell treatments in Australia came into force on 1 July 2019.