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Better Leaf fined over $170,000 for alleged unlawful advertising

The TGA has issued 11 infringement notices totalling $171,972 to Better Leaf Pty Ltd and an individual for the alleged unlawful advertising of medicinal cannabis on its website and social media platforms.

Nine infringement notices totalling $164,460 were issued to the company, and two infringement notices totalling $7,512 were issued to an individual.

It is alleged that the advertisements promoted the use or supply of medicinal cannabis and made references to the treatment of serious diseases or conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and epilepsy, without approval or permission from the TGA. 

Such references in therapeutic goods advertising, known as prohibited representations and restricted representations are unlawful under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, unless approved by the TGA. 

The TGA reminds businesses that medicinal cannabis products are prescription-only medicines and cannot be advertised to Australian consumers. This includes direct references to medicinal cannabis or indirect references, through abbreviations or acronyms (such as ‘THC’ and ‘CBD’) or the use of colloquialisms (such as ‘plant medicine’).

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