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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   Since the list of general pharmaceutical benefits was first prescribed under the National

Health Act. 1953, what drugs or medicinal preparations has the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee recommended as additions to the list?

2.   When was each recommendation made?

3.   When was each addition made?

Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The National Health Act authorizes the addition of a drug to the list of pharmaceutical benefits only after it has been recommended by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. There is no requirement that recommendations by the committee must be implemented by either the addition or deletion of a drug as a benefit. Such additions, deletions and variations are matters of policy which are given effect to by statutory rules issued from time to time.

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