PBAC Meeting Agenda and Consumer Comments
Obtaining Consumer Comments on Submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee Meetings
PDF printable version of PBAC Meeting Agenda and Consumer Comments (PDF 262 KB)
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is the main mechanism via which the Government subsidises the cost of medications used by the community. Under the PBS, items are only available as pharmaceutical benefits following approval of a listing recommendation by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) - an independent expert body that includes health professionals and a consumer representative. The PBAC is legally required, in evaluating applications for PBS subsidy, to take into account the clinical effectiveness, safety and cost effectiveness (value for money) of the medication concerned compared to other available therapies.
The PBAC also takes into account the terms of marketing approval of a product, which is granted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and specifies the conditions where use of the drug has been demonstrated to be of acceptable safety and efficacy.
A list of the applications for consideration at each Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) meeting is published six (6) weeks prior to each meeting. The Agenda for the PBAC meeting can be found on the PBS website.
Your comments are welcome whether you are a patient, carer, member of the public, health professional or member of a consumer interest group.
The sponsor of the submission has already provided the PBAC with detailed clinical and economic data in support of the submission. You are welcome to provide comments from a personal or group perspective for consideration by the PBAC when the submission is considered.
Your completed form must be received no later than the closing date shown below:
|PBAC Meeting||Publication On Web Date||Closing Date For Input|
|November 2012||26 September 2012||10 October 2012|
|March 2013||30 January 2013||13 February 2013|
|July 2013||29 May 2013||12 June 2013|
|November 2013||25 September 2013||9 October 2013|
All comments received will be considered. Issues from individuals will be made available in summary to the sponsor of the application and the PBAC. The names of individuals will be removed. All comments from groups or organisations will be provided in a complete form to both the PBAC and the sponsoring organisation.
To complete the consumer input form, please go to the PBAC online submission form. When you have completed the form and pressed the SUBMIT button, your form will be sent electronically to the PBAC Secretariat and you will receive email confirmation of receipt which will include a copy of your comments. This form is also available in hardcopy on request from the PBAC Secretariat on (02) 6289 7099.
The Outcomes of the PBAC meeting will be available on the Department of Health and Ageing website six (6) weeks after each PBAC meeting. In addition Public Summary Documents containing full details of the PBAC decision are posted on the web site 16-18 weeks after a PBAC meeting at the Public Summary Documents link. Top of page
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