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Unlawful medicine advertising results in fines of $39,600


The TGA has issued three infringement notices totalling $39,960 to Queensland-based company Pracmed Healthcare Pty Ltd for alleged unlawful advertising of complementary medicines.


The infringement notices relate to three listed complementary medicines sponsored by Pracmed Healthcare Pty Ltd.


The company’s website allegedly contained unapproved references to weight loss (bariatric) surgery which is generally performed in patients with severe or morbid obesity.


They are alleged to have advertised their products in a way that suggests harmful consequences may result from not using their product. They also allegedly made a therapeutic claim about their products that was not included in their Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods entries.


Advertisements for listed medicines cannot contain restricted representations to diseases or conditions that require diagnosis, treatment or supervision by a suitably qualified health practitioner unless prior approval or permission is acquired.

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