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Queensland individual fined $5,328 for alleged unlawful advertising

The TGA has issued two infringement notices totalling $5,328 to a Queensland-based individual for the alleged unlawful use of a prohibited representation and endorsement in advertising a listed complementary medicine.

It is alleged that the advertising contained a reference to cancer and implied that the medicine was recommended or approved by or on behalf of the Australian Government.

Cancer is a prohibited representation that is not permitted to be used in advertising without permission from the TGA, which the individual did not have. Similarly, the use of endorsements by the government or government authorities is prohibited unless specifically permitted by therapeutic goods legislation.

Advertisers of listed medicines must not use claims or endorsements in advertising that breach the requirements of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989and the Advertising Code- external site.

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