Govt-industry summit to look at PBS listing issues

HEALTH Minister Nicola Roxon will meet representatives of the Consumers Health Forum, the AMA, Medicines Australia and the Generic Medicines Industry Association in Melbourne tomorrow to discuss Government delays in the listing of new medicines on the PBS.

The summit talks follow recent incidences of medicines recommended by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee for Government subsidy being deferred by the Labor Cabinet, including treatments for lung disease, chronic pain, schizophrenia and enlarged prostate.

A catch-up vaccine to prevent pneumococcal disease in young children was also delayed.