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Resolution - Potential distribution of samples of therapeutic goods

27 September 2018

Under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, anything that promotes the use or supply of a medicine or medical device is considered an advertisement for a therapeutic good. Advertisements for therapeutic goods cannot include product samples (other than for sunscreens or condoms), indiscriminately advertise therapeutic goods to children, or encourage inappropriate use of a therapeutic good.

Earlier this week, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) became aware through media reports that Chemist Warehouse proposed to include therapeutic goods in seat cushions badged with their company name at the 2018 AFL and NRL Grand Finals.

TGA has worked with Chemist Warehouse to ensure that none of the seat cushions to be placed at the NRL Grand Finals will contain therapeutic goods other than some approved sunscreen samples. The AFL Grand Final samples will also only contain cosmetic and other products and some menthol lozenges.

In line with the policy for managing high priority advertising issues, outcomes of investigations are published on the TGA website.