Reactions 1664, p5 - 12 Aug 2017
TGA introduces labelling changes
to improve medicine use
Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
says it is changing the labelling for medicines to ensure
that important information about the medicine is easier
After many years of consultation with industry, health
professionals and the community, the TGA indicated
that these improvements will "help bring Australian
medicine labels up to date and align them with
international best practice". Ultimately, these changes
will help Australian citizens make more informed
choices about the medicines they take and how to use
them more safely.
These new labelling rules took effect from 31 August
2016. The agency has developed posters (titled "Your
medicine, your knowledge") aimed at both consumers
and healthcare professionals, which will be gradually
released over a 4-year transition period so that
manufacturers have adequate time to update their
labelling and sell existing stock.
In addition, these labelling changes are designed to:
make the active ingredient more prominent;
make the medicine information clearer;
allow for easier pharmacy dispensing; and
include information about allergens (i.e. clearly state
if the medicines contain crustacea, fish, eggs, soya,
milk and tree nuts as ingredients).
During the transition period, both new and old
versions of the medicine labels will be acceptable, but
manufacturers will need to be consistent with the
version of rules that they follow (i.e. either old OR new).
However, from 1 September 2020, all medicine labels
will need to meet the new rules.
Therapeutic Goods Administration. Labelling changes: information for health
professionals. Internet Document : 28 Jul 2017. Available from: URL: https://
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