Undesirable Medical Advertisement and Undesirable Medical Advertisements Ordinance

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Topic: Undesirable medical advertisement and undesirable medical advertisements ordinance, Cap 231

Background of "Undesirable Medical Advertisements Ordinance" (Cap. 231)

"Undesirable Medical Advertisements Ordinance" began in 1953, was revised in 1988.

"In 2004, the Undesirable Medical Advertisements (Amendment) Bill." change to "Undesirable Medical Advertisements Ordinance" (Cap. 231).

Its claim to prevent or treat specified in the Schedule to the Ordinance of the disease or pathological conditions: a) Sale or supply, or offer to sell or offer to supply, or for the sale or supply, of any

   (i) Drugs;

   (ii) Surgical appliances; or

   (iii) Therapy,

And such medicine, surgical appliance or treatment is contained in a labeled container or package. That constitutes an advertisement: b) When carrying any medicine, surgical appliance or treatment of the container or package available for the drug.

Surgical appliance or treatment information, or provide information about other medicine, surgical appliance or treatment information does not constitute an advertisement.

Nowadays, Department of Health set the following procedures, "Undesirable Medical Advertisements Ordinance":

a) A review team (consisting of six dispensers and two other support staff) to review the advertising with the media, namely print media (i.e newspapers and magazines), outdoor media (i.e posters and signs) and electronic media (ie Internet, TV and radio). Examiner will work in accordance with the guidelines manual review, warning and be referred to the police investigation to find out.

b) The prosecutions and punishment

if that alleged violations of "Undesirable Medical Advertisements Ordinance," the advertising, to the relevant Department of Health

 Released and sent warning letters to drug distribution, to remind them, such as the discovery of the same advertisement,

Authorities may no longer notice the case of prosecution action....
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