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More names added to TGA recall list

Media release

5 May 2003

Despite a cut off date of last week, information on products made by Pan Pharmaceuticals Ltd for various brands have still been arriving at the Therapeutic Goods Administration over the weekend, according to the Principal Medical Adviser, Dr John McEwen.

"As so many companies were still meeting their obligation to inform the TGA of any products they sold that were manufactured by Pan Pharmaceuticals, we decided to run one further advertisement in daily newspapers for tomorrow (Tuesday) instead of compelling the companies to run their own individual advertisements, which could have numbered over 400.

"In addition, we have progressively added the new products to our website," Dr McEwen said.

"Consequently a further 421 products have added to the final list which totals 1546. Should any further products come to light, the TGA will compel the sponsor to advertise widely of its recall."

Dr McEwen said the TGA website contained the most up to date list of withdrawn products and that consumers could use the handy on-line facility to simply key in the product name to see if it was on the recall list.

"We believe, however, that it was in the public interest to publish the lists as they came to hand in newspapers also to give everyone the best possible chance of gaining information about the products that were recalled.

"The considerable cost of advertising the recalled products will be billed to Pan Pharmaceuticals."

Dr McEwen said people should be reassured that in almost all cases where Pan products have been withdrawn that a substitute over-the-counter medicine is available from a company that did not use Pan Pharmaceuticals as its manufacturer.

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