TGA’s transparency challenged

La Trobe University Associate Professor Dr Ken Harvey said the administration’s Complaints Resolution Panel (CRP) had referred 88 apparent advertising breaches since the review started in November 2010, of which the TGA had published decisions in relation to just 14.

Dr Harvey said he provided that statistic – a disclosure rate of 16% – in a submission for a TGA consultation on proposed changes to how it regulates advertising of therapeutic goods. One change proposed by the TGA is that, rather than the CRP and the TGA, all advertising complaints are handled by one body, possibly the TGA.

“Who on earth would want the TGA to take over all the complaints when their track record is taking several years dealing with the stuff?” Dr Harvey told MO.

“The [CRP], although they’re slow because they’re overloaded, they do eventually put stuff up in the public domain and it is available for all to see and