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Monday, 9 November 1964

Senator ANDERSON - I have seen the report to which the honorable senator has referred. I understand that the Acting Minister for Health is examining the general subject matter raised by the honorable senator. At this stage I am able to say that the drug mentioned by him is not available at present in Australia but is being evaluated by the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee. It may be appropriate to indicate that this is a body which was appointed in June 1963 and consists of a group of eminent medical people whose function it is to report upon the safety of drugs generally and to evaluate special drugs referred to the Committee by the Director-General of Health. The Chairman of the Committee is Dr. Edgar Thomson, who is General Superintendent of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney; and the members are Sir William Morrow, an eminent specialist in Sydney; Sir Clive Fitts, of Melbourne; Professor Hugh Robson, Professor of Medicine in the University of Adelaide; Professor

Robert Whelan, Professor of Human Physiology and Pharmacology in the University of Adelaide; Dr. Robertson of Sydney; and Dr. Radford of Coogee, New South Wales. As I have said, the Committee is examining the drug at the present time and will make a report to the Acting Minister for Health in relation to it.

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