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Wednesday, 11 November 1959

Mr Cope e asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   Does his department publish a journal at a cost of 5s. a copy for distribution to chemists setting out details of the requirements of the National Health Act in relation to the supply of general pharmaceutical benefits and, where appropriate, ready prepared pensioner pharmaceutical benefits?

2.   Is there included in this journal a list of container prices for ampoules, vials and tablet bottles of various sizes which concludes with a statement that the prices quoted have been calculated on the basis of " Duranol " plastic containers which are available through the usual wholesale channels, the manufacturer being Modern Buttons Proprietary Limited, Carlton, Victoria?

3.   Will he take action to abolish this practice which permits an authoritative journal issued by the department to become an advertising agency for a particular private enterprise firm?

Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   My department circulates a hand-book to doctors and chemists setting out details of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Each approved chemist is issued with one copy of each booklet free of charge, and additional copies are available for 5s. each.

2.   Yes.

3.   It is necessary to specify the containers which may be supplied and the price applicable so that the chemist can compile his claim on the department.

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