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Thursday, 14 May 2009
Page: 2961


Senator Cormann asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 4 March 2009:

(1)   When will negotiations regarding the next Community Pharmacy Agreement (CPA) commence.

(2)   Will the next CPA be expected to deliver savings to the Government.

(3)   Will the $1.1 billion compensation package for pharmacists introduced as part of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Reform in 2006 allow for savings to be made when negotiating the next CPA.

(4)   Does the Government have any plans to end the $1.50 incentive paid to pharmacists to dispense generic medicines.

(5)   Will the $1.50 incentive payment be incorporated into the next CPA.


Senator Ludwig (Minister for Human Services) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The timing of the negotiations Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement will be determined by the Government in consultation with the Pharmacy Guild.

(2)   This is a matter for the Government to determine.

(3)   This is a matter for the Government to determine.

(4)   The $1.50 Premium Free Dispensing Incentive Payment will continue to be paid to pharmacists to dispense generic medicines until the 30 June 2011, as stipulated in clause 6.2 of the Fourth Community Pharmacy Agreement.

(5)   This is a matter for the Government to determine.