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Access, Value and Investment: The key for Australian patients and the future of the medicines Industry

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Media Release

Medicines Australia has lodged a submission to the 2015-16 Federal Budget.

In the Submission, Medicines Australia calls on the Australian Government to recognise the ongoing sustainability of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), resulting from reforms introduced in collaboration with the industry.

Medicines Australia also seeks a commitment to grow the investment opportunities for innovation and research in the pharmaceutical sector, in addition to recognising the broader value of medicines to patients and society.

“The Australian pharmaceutical industry contributes meaningfully to the health and wealth of the nation, however it requires a stable and predictable policy environment to encourage investment, grow and prosper,” CEO of Medicines Australia, Mr Tim James said.

“We call on Government to affirm a commitment to work with industry to maintain a sustainable PBS; recognise the need for predictability for industry; and to provide certainty by ensuring no new unilateral PBS saving measures are introduced in the 2015-16 Budget.

“A decade of PBS reforms are generating billions of dollars in savings and providing headroom to list new products on the PBS.

“What is needed now is a stable PBS policy environment that delivers new and innovative medicines to patients when they need them.

“We also want to explore options for gaining efficiencies in the regulatory and reimbursement systems and optimise investment opportunities for the industry.

“Medicines Australia remains committed to working with Government to ensure the long-term sustainability of the PBS and the viability of Australia’s medicines industry.

“Incorporating and reflecting Medicines Australia’s recommendations in the 2015-16 Budget will benefit patients, the Government, and the wider Australian community.”

Medicines Australia’s pre-Budget submission can be found on the Medicines Australia website here (please follow link)

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Contact Person:

Alexia Vlahos
Phone: (02) 6122 8503
Email:
Alexia.Vlahos@medicinesaustralia.com.au

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