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Medicines Australia agrees to Federal Budget savings to secure a 5-Year Strategic Agreement

Medicines Australia, the peak body representing the innovative pharmaceutical industry, has agreed to sign a ‘Letter of Intent’ with the Australian Government for a 5-year strategic agreement. If finalised, the agreement will provide Australian patients and the medicines industry with a degree of stability and certainty in providing ongoing access to innovative medicines delivered through…

View article· Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Medicines Australia Welcomes New Chair and members of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC)

Medicines Australia is pleased to welcome the appointment of Professor Andrew Wilson as incoming Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC). MA also welcomes the appointments of Dr Peter Grimison and Professor Jonathan Craig as members of the Committee. “I would like to congratulate all the new members on their appointments,” said Medicines Australia…

View article· Friday, 22 May 2015

New Appointments to Medicines Australia

Medicines Australia is pleased to announce two new senior appointments as part of its ongoing commitment to represent and promote Australia’s innovative medicines industry. James Boyce will take up the new position of Director of Communications and Government Relations and Dr Martin Snoke has been appointed as Manager of Policy and Research. James will start…

View article· Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Ensuring access to the best PBS

Australia’s innovative medicines industry has called on the Abbott Government to negotiate a five-year strategic agreement after it reached an in-principle deal with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Medicines Australia CEO, Tim James, said the sector that invents and manufactures medicines is seeking certainty from the Government following more than $3 billion in budget savings….

View article· Monday, 18 May 2015

Access to medicines at risk?

Australia’s peak medicines body has called on the Federal Government to clarify the extent of Budget cuts likely to affect essential and life-saving pharmaceuticals. Medicines Australia remains concerned that billions of dollars will be stripped from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in a move that will undermine patient access to breakthrough medicines. The organisation representing the…

View article· Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Hasty cuts may make it harder to access the new medicines that patients need

Health Minister, Sussan Ley’s announcement to list new medicines and vaccines on the PBS for cancer, blindness and shingles will be welcomed by many patients who have been waiting for these treatments to be available to them. Medicines Australia chief executive Tim James said “Listings of new medicines are supposed to happen. The PBS offers…

View article· Saturday, 9 May 2015

PBAC Guidelines Review welcomed

Medicines Australia welcomes the announcement of a review of the PBAC Guidelines. “We are pleased that the Government has announced that a review of the PBAC Guidelines will be undertaken,” Medicines Australia CEO, Tim James, said. “Any opportunity that we can have to improve the quality of our health technology system in Australia must be…

View article· Monday, 27 April 2015

Pharmaceutical industry moves closer to improved transparency with ACCC Code authorisation

 Medicines Australia CEO, Tim James, today welcomed the authorisation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) of the 18th Medicines Australia Code of Conduct, which requires reporting of payments by pharmaceutical companies to healthcare professionals for services or education. After a significant period of negotiation and discussion between the ACCC, Medicines Australia and key…

View article· Friday, 24 April 2015

Industry Calls for Reform at Cancer Medicines Inquiry

Medicines Australia and medicines industry representatives have appeared before the Senate Inquiry into the availability of new, innovative and specialist cancer drugs in Australia, calling for improvements to create an optimised, modern, and flexible system to ensure access to cancer medicines for Australians. “Our ability to treat cancer is now far in advance of the…

View article· Monday, 20 April 2015

Pharmaceutical Exports Dive

Latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Australian pharmaceutical exports declined by 18 per cent to $2.9 billion in 2014, compared to $3.6 billion in the year before. Since 2012, when they peaked at around $4.3 billion, Australian pharmaceutical exports have declined by more than 30 per cent. “These figures are extremely disappointing,”…

View article· Wednesday, 1 April 2015

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