COLLEGE NEWS

New Federal legislation for medicine shortages

A new law has been passed by the Senate under the Therapeutic Goods Act mandating reporting of medicine shortages by pharmaceutical manufacturers or importers.

This law comes as a result of increasing non-compliance of voluntary reporting to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), where medicine shortages have had severe impact on patients.

Mandatory reporting will apply to all prescription medicines as well as other medicines which are vital for public health, such as EpiPens and inhalers.

For more information, read the Minister for Health’s media release.