A sponsored article in the Newcastle Herald promoting Cannatrek’s online consultancy service Cannatrek Access has been pulled down following a complaint to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

As reported by Cannabiz, the advertisement feature formed part of a major marketing campaign for the service which also included ads on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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However, following a complaint, the TGA advised the Herald’s parent company Rural Press (trading as Australian Community Media) that the ad breached the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 and requested that it be removed.

Noting the outcome on its website, the TGA said: “The TGA reviewed the material provided by the complainant and assessed the allegations as substantiated. 

“The TGA identified breaches of the advertising requirements under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 relating to advertised medicinal cannabis products containing schedule 3, 4 or 8 substances under the Poisons Standard. 

“The TGA confirmed that the advertised medicinal cannabis product was not entered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) and was not exempt from the requirement to be included in the ARTG. 

“The advertisement also contained indications for medicinal cannabis products to be used to treat serious mental health conditions including anxiety and depression which are prohibited representations, or restricted representations, in breach of the Act.”

The TGA said it made contact with the advertiser “requiring immediate action”, explaining the nature of the alleged breach and requesting that they remove the advertisement from the website immediately.