Medicines and Medication Safety

Australia has a number of mechanisms to protect health consumers from the risks associated with medicine.

See the links to medication safety information below.

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

The Australian Government's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) safeguards public health and safety in Australia by regulating medicines.

Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee (ADRAC)

The Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee (ADRAC) - composed of independent medical experts with expertise in the evaluation of medicine safety - produces the Australian Adverse Drug Reactions Bulletin to raise awareness of adverse drug reactions.

National Prescribing Service

The Australian Government's National Prescribing Service helps you find, understand and use information about medicines. Medimate encourages you to do this in partnership with your doctor, pharmacist and other health professionals. Contact Medimate on (02) 8217 8700.

Online medicines and medical devices

The risks of buying medicines and medical devices online

Medicines and medical devices sold on international websites are not regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and we do not know if they are safe, manufactured in a quality controlled environment, or even if they work.

We strongly advise consumers against purchasing medicines and medical devices over the Internet, however we still receive reports about people who suffer terrible reactions to products purchased over the Internet.

For further information please visit TGA's website

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