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RU486 and the TGA.

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MEDIA RELEASE Minister for Health and Ageing

Tony Abbott MHR

8 February 2006 ABB008/06

RU486 and the TGA

In an opinion page article published yesterday, Senator Lyn Allison said that the "TGA is expressly prohibited from assessing the safety of RU486 before the minister gives his approval".

The impression that any decision about RU486 would be made without expert advice is wrong.

As far as I am aware, the only application to use RU486 has been made under the Special Access Scheme for unregistered drugs.

The TGA is currently considering the application at arm's length from me. TGA advice would inform any ministerial decision on this application.

To aid the debate in the Senate, I wish to state that I would not make any decision that fell to me on the availability of a drug without first seeking relevant expert advice.

Media contact: Kate Miranda, Office of Tony Abbott, 0417 425 227