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PB 39 of 2010 Determinations/Health as made
This Determination amends the National Health Act 1953 - Determination under paragraph 98C(1)(b) - conditions (No. PB 119 of 2008) and provides for a change to the conditions subject to which payments will be made by the Commonwealth in respect of the supply of pharmaceutical benefits by pharmacists and approved medical practitioners.
Administered by: Health
Registered 15 Apr 2010
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR11-May-2010
Tabled Senate11-May-2010
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Health (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

INSTRUMENT NUMBER PB 39 OF 2010

NATIONAL HEALTH ACT 1953

AMENDMENT DETERMINATION UNDER PARAGRAPH 98C(1)(b)

 

Summary

This legislative instrument in giving effect to recommendations of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) amends the determination under section 98C(1)(b) made by legislative instrument number PB 119 of 2008 which came into effect on
1 December 2008. The amendment provides for a change to the conditions subject to which payments will be made by the Commonwealth in respect of the supply of pharmaceutical benefits by approved pharmacists and approved medical practitioners. The amendment is set out in the item of Schedule 1 to the instrument.

 

Purpose and operation

Part VII of the National Health Act 1953 (the Act) is the legislative basis of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) by which the Commonwealth provides reliable, timely, and affordable access to a wide range of medicines for all Australians.

Subsection 85(1) provides that benefits are to be provided by the Commonwealth in accordance with Part VII in respect of pharmaceutical benefits.

Drugs and medicinal preparations to which Part VII applies are (with the exception of some medicinal preparations with additives) declared by the Minister by legislative instrument to be so under subsection 85(2). These are listed drugs as defined in subsection 84(1). 

The Minister by legislative instrument can determine the form or forms of a listed drug by reference to strength, type of unit, size of unit or otherwise (subsection 85(3)); the manner of administration of the form of the listed drug so determined (subsection 85(5)); and a brand of the pharmaceutical item (defined in subsection 84(1)) that has the listed drug in that form with that manner of administration (subsection 85(6)).  These determinations govern what constitutes the pharmaceutical benefit (defined in subsection 84(1)) under Part VII of the Act.  Under section 84AF, the Minister may determine a responsible person for a brand of a pharmaceutical item.

Paragraph 98C(1)(b) of the Act provides that the Minister may, from time to time, determine the conditions subject to which payments will be made by the Commonwealth in respect of the supply of pharmaceutical benefits by approved pharmacists and approved medical practitioners.

The determination under paragraph 98C(1)(b) of the Act sets out the conditions under which payments will be made in respect of the supply of pharmaceutical benefits by approved pharmacists and approved medical practitioners.

A provision-by-provision description of the instrument is contained in the Attachment.

This instrument, expressed to commence on 1 May 2010, was made on 1 April 2010.

 



Consultations

The Department consulted with the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) during the regular process of its meetings to consider applications in order to recommend to the Minister which medicines should be subsidised through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.  The Committee is independent of Government and includes members from the following interests or professions: consumers, health economists, practising community pharmacists, general practitioners, clinical pharmacologists and medical specialists.  The Committee has received submissions and representations from interested pharmaceutical companies and has recommended the changes to the Minister who has determined the changes to the conditions under paragraph 98C(1)(b) which appear in this Determination. 

 


ATTACHMENT

Paragraph 1:       provides that this instrument commences on 1 May 2010.

Paragraph 2:       provides that Schedule 1 amends PB 119 of 2008.

Schedule 1:         provides for the following amendments:

 

 

SCHEDULE 4

Addition of Listed Drug

Lacosamide