Senate debates

Thursday, 23 June 2011


Finance and Public Administration References Committee; Reference

12:10 pm

Photo of Concetta Fierravanti-WellsConcetta Fierravanti-Wells (NSW, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Ageing) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 18 August 2011:

The Government's administration of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), with particular reference to:

  (a)   the deferral of listing medicines on the PBS that have been recommended by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee;

  (b)   any consequences for patients of such deferrals;

  (c)   any consequences for the pharma­ceutical sector of such deferrals;

  (d)   any impacts on the future availability of medicines in the Australian market due to such deferrals;

  (e)   the criteria and advice used to determine medicines to be deferred;

  (f)   the financial impact on the Commonwealth Budget of deferring the listing of medicines;

  (g)   the consultation process prior to a deferral;

  (h)   compliance with the intent of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with Medicines Australia in May 2010; and

     (i)   any other related matter.

Question agreed to.