TGA Announced Labelling changes: information for health professionals

Quality Use of Medicines relies on clear medicine labels. To reduce medication errors, medicine labels need to be more consistent, with important information made more prominent and easier to read.

Therapeutic Goods Administration has introduced improvements to help bring Australian medicine labels up to date and align them with international best practice and are designed to be more consistent and more clearly convey important information. TGA thinks these changes may reduce medication errors.

TGA has developed posters targeted at healthcare professionals and consumers. These will be gradually released over the 4 year transition period.

For these labelling changes 4 year transition period announced by TGA with following considerations.

  • Medicine sponsors have until September 2020 to make changes to their labels and sell out old stock.
  • You are still allowed to use medicines that are already on the shelf or in dispensaries after this date.
  • It is especially important to make sure that patients who may be sensitive or allergic to certain substances are aware that allergens may not be declared on old labels.

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