Govt sticks to deferred listings decision

HEALTH Minister Nicola Roxon has told industry groups today the Government would not budge on its decision to defer listing medicines recommended by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

The minister met representatives of the Consumers Health Forum, the AMA and Medicines Australia in Melbourne this morning.

Medicines Australia chief executive Dr Brendan Shaw said Ms Roxon gave the industry a good hearing but the meeting had failed to resolve the issue.

“We are concerned the Government has confirmed the Budget is so tight Australia can’t afford to fund new medicines,” he said.