As per recent reports, it has been revealed that people will be able to know the registered complaints in regard to medicine side effects. The information can be retrieved from 1st August 2012 from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
All the complaints that have been registered with the administration since 1971 will be free to be extracted. Catherine King, who is the Parliamentary Secretary and the head of Health and Ageing, explained the nature of the registered complaints.
He revealed that the complaints will be in regard to prescription medicines, medicines that have been sold by pharmacists and in supermarkets. Reaction to the medicines, which were given complimentary like vitamin supplements and herbal medicines, had also been registered.
“This is a great advance in transparency by Australia's medicines regulator, and I expect the public and industry will welcome this information resource which will improve reporting”, said King.
King also said that the data is not put consumers in dilemma that whether or not they should take the medicine. The information is given for the purpose that the consumers are able to take an informed decision. Consumers can discuss all the pros and cons of the medicine report with doctors and then decide.