Tougher penalty for code breach

In a submission to the TGA about proposed changes to its advertising regulations, Dr Justin Coleman and Dr Jane Smith said that after just six years the code was “in great need of revision” and needed “updating, simplification and strengthening”.

“Broadly speaking the code and the process of handling complaints under the code is considered almost ‘toothless’,” they wrote.

They said that “long delays”, “light punishments” and “lack of timely, firm action when reprimands are

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