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Wednesday, 4 August 1954


Sir EARLE PAGE (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Health) - Provision is made in the National Health Act for the appointment of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. As soon as the act was passed and the necessary regulation was gazetted, that committee vas appointed, and it has been functioning ever since. I placed in the act for a definite purpose the specific requirement that no drug should be gazetted by the Minister that had not been recommended by that committee. That position obtains at the present time. It is a specialist committee, and for that reason, the advice that it gives is the advice that the Government will take.







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