The effects of an apparent breach of therapeutic regulations on consumers: the Pan Pharmaceuticals recall

Blasche, Roswitha E. C., Worsley, Anthony and Lawrence, Mark 2008, The effects of an apparent breach of therapeutic regulations on consumers: the Pan Pharmaceuticals recall, Critical public health, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 367-379.


Title The effects of an apparent breach of therapeutic regulations on consumers: the Pan Pharmaceuticals recall
Author(s) Blasche, Roswitha E. C.
Worsley, Anthony
Lawrence, Mark
Journal name Critical public health
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 367
End page 379
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 0958-1596
1469-3682
Keyword(s) drug recall
Therapeutic Goods Administration
policy
public trust
transparency
Australia
Summary The aim of this study was to assess how demographic variables and personal values are related to people's knowledge and cognitive and behavioural responses towards a major drug recall event that occurred in Australia in 2003. For this purpose, a survey was sent out in 2003 to 1000 households in Victoria, Australia. Households had been randomly selected from the electoral role. A total of 415 respondents participated. Results indicated that higher socioeconomic status was related to better information about the recall event and more trust in manufacturers. Respondents who held traditional or naturalistic values were likely to trust that faults in the system would be regulated by the government or consumers themselves. Parents and older respondents were more likely to be critical of the Therapeutic Goods Administration which co-ordinated the recall. Parental status, education and values were related to subsequent changes in respondents' use of complementary medicines. In light of the worth of the health supplement industry to the Australian economy, the results of this survey suggest that the Therapeutic Goods Administration should adopt a more transparent and accountable role towards the public.
Language eng
Field of Research 170299 Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Taylor & Francis
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