More patients buying medicines online due to cost

Parliamentary secretary for health and ageing Catherine King issued a warning last week on the hazards of using the internet to source medicines and therapeutic products.

Ms King said it was important for consumers to understand the TGA does not regulate therapeutic products sold on international websites and that these products may put people at risk. 

“Medicines and medical devices are regulated in Australia to ensure that patients and consumers have access to safe and good quality products,” Ms King said. 

“The TGA scrutinises therapeutic products before they can legitimately enter the Australian market to protect Australians from potentially harmful or counterfeit remedies.” 

Ms King said it was possible products purchased online could be counterfeit; contain harmful quantities of active ingredients; contain undisclosed, dangerous ingredients; be past their use-by date; or be contaminated or not