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Tuesday, 8 February 2005
Page: 216

Senator Allison asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 5 August 2004:

By month, what applications were made to list items on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme from 1 January 2003 to 30 July 2004, indicating applicant, pharmaceutical product proposed for listing and status of application.

Senator Patterson (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Applications to list a drug on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) are usually made by pharmaceutical manufacturers and are submitted to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) for its consideration. The PBAC recommends to the Government which drugs should be listed on the PBS.  The Department does not keep details of applications received on a monthly basis. Generally, applications are submitted on or before a specified date prior to each of the three PBAC meetings held each year.

Prior to June 2003, information was not publicly available on applications or negative recommendations of the PBAC due to confidentiality arrangements with the pharmaceutical industry. However, details of PBAC recommendations to list during this period are available on the PBS website ( All PBAC recommendations, including negative recommendations, since June 2003 are available on this site and include details on the manufacturer, the drug and the PBAC’s recommendation.

Under confidentiality arrangements with the pharmaceutical industry, it is not normal procedure to release details of applications made to the PBAC while they are under consideration.