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Tuesday, 23 August 1960


Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   What rates of mark-up have been allowed since 1953 to chemists who dispense pharmaceutical benefits?

2.   From what date has each rate operated?


Dr Donald Cameron (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The following are the answers to the honorable member's questions: -

1.   and 2. For ready-prepared pharmaceutical benefits the mark-up has always been and still is 33i per cent. For extemporaneously prepared pharmaceutical benefits the mark-up in 1953 was 50 per cent, less an overall discount of 10 per cent. In July, 1958, the overall discount was abolished making the mark-up 50 per cent.


Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   ls there any arrangement between the Government and the manufacturing chemists and drug houses in respect of the fixing of the prices of products supplied as pharmaceutical benefits in accordance with the provisions of the National Health Act?

2.   If so, what are the details?

3.   If no such agreement exists why was it necessary to adopt a system of price regulation in respect of retail chemists and friendly societies dispensaries but not in the case of the manufacturers and wholesalers of chemical products?


Dr Donald Cameron (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   No.

2.   See 1.

3.   There is no system of price regulation in respect of retail chemists and friendly societies dispensaries. There is a general agreement on prices to be paid by the Commonwealth to these bodies.







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