TGA takes ac­tion on Pep­tide Clin­ics

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THE Ther­a­peu­tic Goods Ad­min­is­tra­tion has kicked off le­gal ac­tion against Pep­tide Clin­ics Aus­tralia, claim­ing the com­pany ad­ver­tised com­pounded pre­scrip­tion-only ther­a­peu­tic goods to the gen­eral pub­lic.

The TGA in­ves­ti­gated the com­pany’s ad­ver­tis­ing of ‘pep­tides’ on its web­site and other so­cial media plat­forms, say­ing it in­cluded ref­er­ences to se­ri­ous forms of dis­eases and to con­di­tions such as anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

“These ref­er­ences re­quire ap­provals or per­mis­sions, for which it is al­leged there are none,” the TGA ad­vised.

The ad­ver­tis­ing is also al­leged to be in breach of the Ther­a­peu­tic Goods Ad­ver­tis­ing Code 2015 be­cause it con­tained state­ments, claims and im­pli­ca­tions that the ad­ver­tised pep­tides were safe or al­ter­na­tively could not cause harm, and en­cour­aged in­ap­pro­pri­ate use of the medicines.

“The pro­mo­tion of these pep­tides to con­sumers is also al­leged to have con­tained sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion that was in­ac­cu­rate, im­bal­anced and mis­lead­ing,” the TGA said.

Pep­tide Clin­ics has un­der­taken to re­move the rel­e­vant ad­ver­tise­ments from its web­site pend­ing fi­nal hear­ing of the mat­ter, while the Depart­ment of Health said the Court will be asked to im­pose fi­nan­cial penal­ties when the mat­ter is heard next year.

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