Redback SARMs pays fine for advertising prescription-only substances

Australian business Redback SARMs has paid penalties of $15,210 after the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) issued six infringement notices for the alleged advertising of Schedule 4 (prescription-only) substances, including:

  • Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs)
  • Melanotan II.

Using SARMs and other prescription-only medicines could result in serious harm to consumers’ health and safety, particularly if the products are not used with adequate or appropriate medical supervision.

The TGA is reminding businesses that prescription-only medicines cannot be advertised to the public. Online interfaces that allow consumers to review and self-select their desired prescription-only medicines for subsequent prescribing and supply will generally be considered advertising for those medicines. Businesses should also be aware that promoting general classes of prescription-only medicines (like SARMs) is also likely to be considered advertising.

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