The roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Australia this week brings both excitement and questions about how healthcare services may advertise or promote the vaccines to the general public. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued guidance to enable vaccine providers, and the broader healthcare sector, to confidently navigate a highly regulated environment, whilst balancing the public health imperative to educate the community.
Direct to consumer advertising of prescription medicines and vaccines to the public is prohibited under Australian law. Advertising of medicines and vaccines to healthcare professionals is also regulated at law and by industry codes of conduct. The regulatory environment for medicines and vaccines promotion in Australia ensures public confidence in how prescribing decisions are made by physicians, and ensures that vulnerable patients are not misled.
In an environment hungry for news on the development of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, and to ensure successful implementation of the COVID-19 immunisation program, the TGA will permit organisations to:
These materials may be disseminated through a range of channels, including in-clinic advertising and social media.
When preparing materials for use, organisations must remember that obligations under the Consumer Law and the Act will continue to apply, such as the obligation not to mislead. In addition, organisations must not add anything to the materials that:
The complete guidance is available at the TGA website: https://www.tga.gov.au/advertising-covid-19-vaccines-australian-public.
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Kelly Griffiths, Partner