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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3149

Mr Lionel Bowen asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 20 March 1980:

(   1 ) Is one particular pharmaceutical company responsible for most of the important generic items on the pharmaceutical benefits list.

(2)   If so, has this company been more successful than others in respect of the listing of generic pharmaceutical benefit items.

(3)   If this company has been more successful in its pharmceutical benefit market listing, is this because its listings have been facilitated in time, whereas other companies have had to wait much longer.

(4)   If this company has had its listings expedited, is this due to the fact that the company employs a former Member of Parliament to negotiate these arrangements.

Mr Mackellar - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No.

(2)   , (3) and (4) See (1).

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