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Tuesday, 23 August 1960

Dr Donald Cameron (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - There is no reason why members should not have the list of drugs if they wish to have it. However, it is a very long and very technical document, and the only reason for a member's not being able to have a copy of it would be that perhaps sufficient copies have not been printed. As to cortisone, the committee that advises on pharmaceutical benefits lays down certain conditions under which cortisone is available as a pharmaceutical benefit. Cortisone is what is known as a restricted drug, and if the honorable gentleman wishes to know the conditions of restriction I will see that he gets the exact details. It is not a drug which is a pharmaceutical benefit for the routine treatment of asthma. Its availability as a pharmaceutical benefit is restricted to the treatment of what is known as status asthmaticus, which is a severe crisis of asthma.

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