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Thursday, 12 August 2004
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Senator HARRIS (5:11 PM) —I thank Senator Hill for that clarification of Medicade. I now understand that they purchase the drugs and use them for resale. The document also says:

Procurement of pharmaceutical products by the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) is excluded from the Pharmaceutical Annex of the agreement ...

I assume from the terminology that the Veterans Administration would appear to be a statutory body within the US and obviously the Department of Defense would be. How is it that there is an inconsistency that the purchase of pharmaceuticals for what I believe to be those two government departments can be excluded by the American government? Are there any equivalent exclusions in the agreement for Australia's benefit?