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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 976

(Question No. 4791)


Mr Porter asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 October 1986:

What is the expected average increase in wholesale drug prices in the schedule of pharmaceutical benefits in 1986-87.


Dr Blewett —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The average wholesale price of drugs dispensed as pharmaceutical benefits during 1986-87 will increase for a number of reasons including:

price increases granted to the manufacturers of drugs;

the listing of new drugs which usually have prices higher than the average of those already on the list;

changing prescribing habits of doctors especially towards newer, more expensive drugs; and

the deletion of a number of low priced drugs from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

While it is not possible to quantify the individual effect of the various factors, it is anticipated that the average wholesale price of drugs dispensed as pharmaceutical benefits during 1986-87 could increase between 10 and 20 per cent.