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Friday, 12 June 1970

Mr Armitage asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that if a doctor prescribes the drug Intal to a patient and that patient wishes to obtain that drug for a 50c charge, the doctor has to complete Form PB10a 4/70.

(2)   Is it also a fact that this form requires the doctor to answer 34 questions on this 4-page, printed quarto form .

(3)   If the position is as stated, will he give consideration to varying this procedure so as to make it easier for doctors to assist their patients in claiming the benefits of this drug.

Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes, for the initial supply. Thereafter the applicant doctor is required to complete part 3 of the form only, i.e. 10 questions.

(3)   The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee currently has this matter under consideration.

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