Find out about prescription medicines and how they are regulated.
A prescription medicine is a medicine that can only be made available to a patient on the written instruction of an authorised health professional. Examples of prescription medicines include blood pressure tablets, cancer medicine and strong painkillers.
All prescription medicines are registered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) and can be identified by an AUST-R number on the label.
- There have been reports of the dose counter stopping after the 10th dose and not locking after the 60th dose. If this happens, you should return the product to your place of purchase or contact Boehringer Ingelheim.
- We have been notified of a shortage of Bicillin L-A (benzathine benzylpenicillin) and are working with stakeholders to provide advice to patients and healthcare professionals
- A Serious Scarcity Substitution Instrument (SSSI) is now approved to assist with the shortage of fluoxetine 20mg dispersible tablets
- Consultation to remove glucagon-like-peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist analogues from the pharmacist extemporaneous compounding exemptionThe targeted consultation is part of a proposal to change the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 to mitigate safety risks in the compounding of GLP-1 RAs.
- Announcement about the launch of the pilot Single Inspection Program, a global approach to Good Manufacturing Practice inspections of third country manufacturers.
- The TGA has issued 13 infringement notices totalling $42,900 to a New South Wales-based individual for the alleged unlawful advertisement and supply of erectile dysfunction medicines.
Events and webinars
- We are consulting to better understand the nature, extent and urgency of problems with the supply of medicines, including shortages and discontinuations of medicines in Australia.
- We are seeking feedback on whether certain international scientific guidelines should be adopted.