Senators call for U-turn on “ill-considered” PBS changes

A SENATE committee has urged an about-turn on the government’s changes to the listing of new medicines on the PBS, saying they were "profound and ill-considered".

The Senate's finance and public administration references committee said in a report released yesterday that the way the scheme is now administered threatens to politicise the listing of life-saving medicines and puts the integrity of the entire scheme at risk.

The findings come after the government announced in February it was deferring the listing of seven drugs, despite the fact the