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Wednesday, 1 December 1976

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Did he state, in answer to my question No. 635, that the Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee would consider the availability of cows' milk substitutes as pharmaceutical benefits for the treatment of cows' milk allergy in children at its next meeting on 24-25 June 1976.

(2)   If so, (a) did the Committee meet on those dates; (b), was the matter considered and (c) what was the decision.

Mr Hunt -The answer to the honourable member's question is as forllows

(1)   Yes.

(2)   (a) Yes. (b) Yes. (c) The Committee has now recommended that the availability of the cows' milk substitutes, soya formula, Nutramigen and goats' milk, as pharmaceutical benefits be amended to include the treatment of cows' milk allergy in children under the age of two (2) years. This recommendation is to take effect from 1 April 1977.

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