TGA targets sports supplements after deaths

Some 'foods' will become 'medicines' under the regulator's proposal

Australia’s medicines regulator is proposing to reclassify certain sports supplements as therapeutic goods rather than foods in the wake of several deaths among users.


In a consultation paper released this week, the TGA says it is looking to “resolve uncertainty” about the regulatory status of some supplements to ensure the products have accurate labelling and are supported by evidence.

The regulator notes specific ill-effects of products marketed as sports supplements, including overconsumption of caffeine that can lead to agitation, palpitations and elevated blood