Recall of Cough Medicine – TGA

As well as important information, this is a reminder that Australia is fortunate to have a service such as The Therapeutic Goods Administration.

We can have confidence in the health products and medicines available in Australia.

The TGA is just one part of a system constructed to make Australia a modern, first world country.

We do not have to endure prescription medicines being advertised directly to consumers, unlike in the USA. Direct advertising to consumers is banned. I am sure that is frustrating for some drug companies.

In the USA, advertisements along the lines of, ′Do you have a headache, and a itchy toe? See your doctor and check out XYZ disease. XXXXX drug treats XYZ with good results.′

You can imagine the resulting scenario in the doctor′s office, as fearful patients demand XYZ medicine and doctors fearing malpractice suits deal with the demands. We don’t have to put up with this pressure.

Australia has many progressive policies, systems and entities to give the 25 million of us the best chance of a decent life. However, Coalition attacks on these things has seen much suffering, misery, financial ruin and deaths. ROBODEBT is a case in point. The Coalition of the Liberal and National parties committed the worst act of bastardry in 100 years against thousands of vulnerable powerless citizens from the poorest class: social security recipients.

So we must protect the progressive, fair, humane, and compassionate of our society and its systems, and strive to strengthen these attributes.

Note: This recall information came from a Disabilty Care agency.

See below from TGA:

Following a safety investigation by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), 55 products containing pholcodine are being cancelled from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods and those currently on pharmacy shelves are being recalled from pharmacies.

The cancellation and recall actions are being taken because of a link between pholcodine-containing medicines and an increased risk of anaphylactic reactions (a sudden, severe, and life-threatening allergic reaction) to certain medicines used as muscle relaxants during general anaesthesia (called neuromuscular blocking agents).

Pholcodine has been used in a wide range of over-the-counter pharmacy medicines to treat non-productive (dry) cough, particularly in syrups and lozenges. It is also used in combination with other medicines in products that treat the symptoms of cold and flu. 

Now let’s ponder on how fortunate we in Australia are in a chaotic and unfair world, and remember that the biggest threat we have is corruption, and a right-wing government!

For a laugh…


I found this online and just had to share!

Ordering a Pizza in 2023

CALLER: Is this Pizza Hut? 

GOOGLE: No sir, it’s Google Pizza.

CALLER: I must have dialed a wrong number, sorry.

GOOGLE: No sir, Google bought Pizza Hut last month.

CALLER: OK. I would like to order a pizza.

GOOGLE: Do you want your usual, sir?

CALLER: My usual? You know me?

GOOGLE: According to our caller ID data sheet, the last 12 times you called you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and meatballs on a thick crust.

CALLER: Super! That’s what I’ll have.

GOOGLE: May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with ricotta, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a whole wheat gluten-free thin crust?

CALLER: What? I don’t want a vegetarian pizza!

GOOGLE: Your cholesterol is not good, sir.

CALLER: How do you know that?

GOOGLE: Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records. We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years.

CALLER: Okay, but I do not want your rotten vegetarian pizza! I already take medication for my cholesterol.

GOOGLE: Excuse me sir, but you have not taken your medication regularly. According to our database, you purchased only a box of 30 cholesterol tablets once at your Pharmacy, 4 months ago.

CALLER: I bought more from another Pharmacy.

GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your credit card statement.
CALLER:I paid in cash.

GOOGLE: But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank statement.

CALLER: I have other sources of cash.

GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your latest tax returns, unless you bought them using an undeclared income source, which is against the law!


GOOGLE:I’m sorry sir, we use such information only with the sole intention of helping you.

CALLER: Enough already! I’m sick to death of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and all the others. I’m going to an island without the internet, TV, where there is no phone service and no one to watch me or spy on me.

GOOGLE: I understand sir, but you need to renew your passport first. It expired 6 weeks ago…

Welcome to the future 😁

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Add your own jokes, please, we all need a laugh.

Yay or Nay to Pineapple on Pizza?

Greetings Of The Season To All


Puffy, The Magic Dragon, on New Year′s Eve.

Puffy, the Magic Dragon, on New Year′s day.

Merry Christmas in Different Languages

Xmas Greetings

Australia is such diverse multicultural society that a guide to giving this traditional greeting in a few different languages seems warranted. This diversity in our population  brings a variety of holy days, celebrations and traditions as well as modern variations, for us to enjoy.

Please share other greetings, languages, practises, traditions, anecdotes, stories or memories etc as you like, in the Comments.

From all at The Pub we wish you a Merry Christmas or equivalent and a Happy New Year.

Thank you, all our The Pub readers, contributors, commenters and lurkers. Pull up a seat at the bar, get your favourite beverage and toast all your wonderful efforts, and results in 2022. You are never alone in The Pub!

Xmas Game

Do you want a game for Christmas guests?  Go to this site to print off these, free for personal use. 

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This website has the most comprehensive list of translations.


The KYIV Shchedryk  Children′s Choir singing  ′The Carol of the Bells’ in Carnegie Hall to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of its first performance there

It was written by Ukrainian musician Mykola Leontov. The children′s bravery, by singing in Carnehie Hall as their country is beset by invasion, is awe-inspiring and humbling. No doubt some of them have experienced loss of loved ones, homes and schools, while practising in the dark as Russian missiles hit their cities and villages. Or their families are in danger back in Ukraine; their parents, siblings, in a war zone.

If anyone deserves love and mercy this Christmas it is the children of Ukraine. 💟

May it be so.

Princess Lily White with a Xmas Rose. (Camp David Rose) Lily is a Tenterfield Terrier < 1 year old.

AND…Grand Dragonette’s hand-made Christmas decorations, do you notice the Rainbiw Serpent and the grumpy koala? 😁

Xmas decorations.

A Xmas house display in Adelaide with lovely lights at night and plenty of kids getting their photos taken on the huge sleigh. 

Modbury, South Australia.