PBAC Meeting Agenda and Consumer Comments

Page last updated: 28 April 2016

Obtaining Consumer Comments on Submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee Meetings

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is the main mechanism via which the Government subsidises the cost of medications used by the community. Under the PBS, items are only available as pharmaceutical benefits following approval of a listing recommendation by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) - an independent expert body that includes health professionals and a consumer representative. The PBAC is legally required, in evaluating applications for PBS subsidy, to take into account the clinical effectiveness, safety and cost effectiveness (value for money) of the medication concerned compared to other available therapies.

The PBAC also takes into account the terms of marketing approval of a product, which is granted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and specifies the conditions where use of the drug has been demonstrated to be of acceptable safety and efficacy.

As part of the submissions the sponsor has provided the PBAC with detailed clinical and economic data in support of their submission.  You are welcome to provide comments whether you are a patient, carer, member of the public, health professional or member of a consumer interest group for consideration by the PBAC when the submission is considered.

Your completed form must be received no later than the closing date shown below:

Closing Date for Input

PBAC Meeting Date

Date of Publication of Agenda On Web

Closing Date for Input

July 2016

28 April 2016

7 June 2016

November 2016

24 August 2016

5 October 2016

March 2017

21 December 2016

8 February 2017

July 2017

26 April 2017

7 June 2017

November 2017

23 August 2017

4 October 2017

All comments received will be considered. Issues from individuals will be made available in summary to the sponsor of the application and the PBAC. The names of individuals will be removed. All comments from groups or organisations will be provided in a complete form to both the PBAC and the sponsoring organisation.

To complete the consumer input form, please go to the PBAC online submission form. When you have completed the form and pressed the SUBMIT button, your form will be sent electronically to the PBAC Secretariat and you will receive email confirmation of receipt which will include a copy of your comments. This form is also available in hardcopy on request from the PBAC Secretariat on (02) 6289 7099.

The Outcomes of the PBAC meeting will be available on the PBS website six (6) weeks after each PBAC meeting. In addition Public Summary Documents containing full details of the PBAC decision are posted on the PBS website 16-18 weeks after a PBAC meeting.