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Monday, 9 November 1964

Senator FITZGERALD (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister representing the Acting Minister for Health aware that the drug synermycin which has helped to save the lives of many babies and aged people, has been withdrawn from the Commonwealth pharmaceutical benefits list? Is the Minister aware that synermycin is no longer available at the rate of 5s. for each prescription but carries a charge of £3 or more, which is beyond the reach of people in modest circumstances? In view of the fact that a social security tax is levied and in view of the moral responsibility of the Government, will the Minister, as a matter of great urgency, request that this drug, which is prescribed extensively by the medical profession for both young and old, bc restored to the pharmaceutical benefits list?

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