Promotion of Therapeutic Goods

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Position Paper on Promotion of Therapeutic Goods

The relationship between health care professionals and therapeutic goods companies is governed by industry and professional codes of conduct or practice rather than by government regulation. Current codes vary in their definitions, member obligations, scope of application, enforcement and penalties. There is a broad acceptance by industry of the need to reform the existing self-regulatory arrangements.

The Position Paper on the Promotion of Therapeutic Goods (PDF 24 KB), released on 30 June 2010 by the then Parliamentary Secretary, the Hon Mark Bulter MP, called on industry to strengthen and standardise self-regulation through the use of codes based on consistent industry-wide high level principles.

The Government received 39 submissions in response to the Position Paper. The submissions are available below,

The Working Group on the Promotion of Therapeutic Products

A Working Group comprising industry stakeholders, health professional organisations and consumers was established to consider submissions to the Position Paper and develop a set of high level principles. Members of the Working Group are listed here.
Anne TrimmerMedical Technology Association of Australia (Chair)
Anna LavelleAusBiotech
Troy WilliamsAustralian Dental Industry Association
Dr Roderick McRaeAustralian Medical Association
Elizabeth FoleyAustralian Nursing Federation
Dr Deon SchoombieAustralian Self Medication Industry
Dr Wendy MorrowComplementary Healthcare Council of Australia
Carol BennettConsumers Health Forum of Australia Inc
Kate LynchGeneric Medicines Industry Association
Dr Peter HarmanIVD Australia
Dr Brendan ShawMedicines Australia
Mark FeldschuhPharmaceutical Society of Australia
Anne DevelinPharmacy Guild of Australia
Mary Osborn Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Dr Ken HarveySchool of Public Health, Latrobe University

Report of the Working Group on Promotion of Therapeutic Products

The Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, the Hon Catherine King MP, welcomed the report of the Working Group on Promotion of Therapeutic Products (PDF 161 KB). The Working Group made a number of recommendations for industry, government and healthcare professionals and the report includes a set of high level principles as the basis for strengthening and aligning industry codes of conduct.

The Australian Government’s preference is to maintain an emphasis on self-regulation and strongly supports industry’s initiative to harmonise their codes of conduct to incorporate the Working Group’s high level principles. The Government has carefully considered the Working Group’s report and responded in its overall response to reform of the therapeutic goods regulatory framework TGA Reforms: A blueprint for TGA’s future.

Stakeholder submissions to the Position Paper

The Government received 39 submissions in response to the Position Paper. The submissions that have been approved for publication are below. Note: submissions made by private individuals have had their personal contact details removed.

Promotion Consultation Submission - Assistant Prof Barbara Mintzes (PDF 303 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Assoc Prof Tom Faunce (PDF 260 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - AusBiotech (PDF 33 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Australian Skeptics (Victorian Branch) (PDF 60 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Australian Dental Association (PDF 1268 KB) (Large file)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Australian Dental Industry Association (PDF 108 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Australian Nursing Federation (PDF 38 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Australian Orthopaedic Association (PDF 282 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Australian Self Medication Industry (PDF 501 KB) (Large file)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Beverley Snell (PDF 60 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - BUKO Pharma-Kampagne (PDF 45 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Chronic Illness Alliance (PDF 21 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Complementary Healthcare Council (PDF 64 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Consumers Health Forum (PDF 333 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Dr Ken Harvey (PDF 454 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Dr Peter Parry (PDF 38 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Generic Medicines Industry Association (PDF 343 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Health Action International Global (PDF 965 KB) (Large file)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Healthy Skepticism (PDF 494 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - IVD Australia (PDF 264 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - John Braithwaite (PDF 132 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Johnson & Johnson (PDF 97 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Loretta Marron (PDF 188 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - National Blood Authority (PDF 412 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PDF 94 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PDF 145 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Prof Philip Morris (PDF 331 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Public Health Association of Australia (PDF 505 KB) (Large file)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Robyn Clothier (PDF 18 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Royal Australasian College of Physicians (PDF 125 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Royal College of Pathologists of Australia (PDF 37 KB)
Promotion Consultation Submission - Sanofi-aventis Australia (PDF 18 KB)

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