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May 31, 2018

Safety Warnings for Everyday Products

When selling potentially harmful goods and services to consumers, businesses have a responsibility to comply with safety warning requirements. As consumers, it is important to look out for and understand these warnings to assist you in making informed choices about your purchasing and how to use the product safely to avoid injury or harm. Under […]

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December 19, 2017

What to do if you receive an unsafe or defective Christmas gift

For most of us, Christmas is a time to see family, tuck into a delicious feast and of course, open presents. But what should you do if one of your gifts turns out to be faulty, even dangerous? What can you do if you’ve been injured by a Christmas present? If a defective product has […]

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September 21, 2017

Faulty High-tech braking systems: Subaru and Honda Recalls

The safety of cars with automatic braking systems have been called into question with car manufactures issuing worldwide recalls in response to faulty program software. Car manufactures Subaru and Honda have announced large recalls due to malfunctioning technology designed to prevent rear-end crashes and avoid hitting pedestrians, yet instead are putting the vehicles at risk […]

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China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: potential commercial implications

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed on the 17th June 2015, implementing a foundation in the next phase of inter-economic relationships between Australia and China. The potential for the ChAFTA to create opportunities for Australia is evident, with China accounting for Australia’s largest export market for goods and services and a nearly a […]

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Breast implant suspended from Australian market

The Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) has imposed a 6 month suspension on Cereform silicone gel-filled breast implants and associated sizers from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. Since 2009, about 4800 of the implants were sold in Australia. The action taken by the TGA will now prevent the devices from being supplied to the Australian […]

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Blood thinner Xarelto linked to potentially fatal bleeding

Clinical trials and post-market experience have linked widely used blood-thinning drug Xarelto and similar anticoagulants to incidences of major bleeding, some of which have been fatal. Xarelto works to reduce the tendency of blood to form clots and may be prescribed to prevent or treat blood clots in the brain, lungs, legs, or veins. Patients […]

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Blood thinner to face action over fatal bleeding

A new blood thinning agent, marketed for having minimal side effects, may face litigation in the U.S. involving claims the medication has been linked to potentially fatal bleeding complications. Eliquis (Apixaban) is an anti-clotting agent used for persons with a heart irregularity known as atrial fibrillation to reduce risk of stroke. It is also used […]

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Potentially lethal cable recalled from Australian homes

Electrical retailers across Australia are recalling a common brand of electrical cabling following the news that thousands of Australian homes were fitted with the potentially lethal devices. The Infinity cables have failed to comply with the ageing requirements of the electrical safety standard and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has established that there […]

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Hazard alert issued for NexGen MIS knee prosthesis

The Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) has issued a hazard alert to Australian residents following the quarantine of a knee prosthesis manufactured by medical device company Zimmer. The TGA has advised that a number of Zimmer’s NexGen Complete Knee Solution MIS Stemmed Tibial Components manufactured prior to 3 April 2014 may contain faulty components and could […]

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