The TGA’s final decision is expected to be handed down in June.
While no conviction was recorded in this instance, the fine comes as the TGA continues to consult on a proposed poppers ban, which would make the possession, sale or use of the substance a criminal offence.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration assures that “all options” are being considered as the community argues against criminalisation.
“We’re encouraging people to share their own experience in a written submission.”
The Atomo HIV Self Test is a single use rapid fingerprick test which is expected to cost approximately $30, but will only be available for online purchase and not in chemists.
“Over 90,000 gay and bisexual men have used poppers in the last six months, and that’s a lot of people who would, almost overnight, become liable to fines or even prison.”
“Most men continued to have negative perceptions toward drug use within the gay community, although they held less negative views about their own drug use.”
The interim decision would see poppers moved into the same category as heroin, making the possession, sale, or use of the inhalant a criminal offence.