6.6  Role of the Nutritional Products Working Party

A limited number of nutritional products (medicinal foods) are listed on the PBS – special infant oral formula and food substitutes to treat inborn errors of metabolism. The PBAC constituted the Nutritional Products Working Party (NPWP) to provide advice to the PBAC on clinical and financial matters in submissions to list these products on the PBS as well as any matters relating to utilisation of PBS-listed nutritional products referred to them by the PBAC.

The NPWP provides advice to the PBAC on clinical and financial matters in the submission. The NPWP may also consider issues from submissions for nutritional products deferred or not recommended by the PBAC.

Sponsors seeking to list a medicinal food on the PBS must provide a minor submission to the PBAC, consistent with the requirements outlined in the Guidelines for preparing a submission to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee for Product Type 2.

Submissions for nutritional products are forwarded to the NPWP for consideration at their meeting. The members meet in week 10 of the PBAC cycle.

6.6.1   How the NPWP provides advice to the PBAC

Sponsors receive a copy of the NPWP Advice to the PBAC. The sponsor has the option to address issues raised by the NPWP in a pre-PBAC response to the PBAC. This should be no longer than three pages of text. The response must address any issues raised by the NPWP or in the submission. No new information can be provided to the PBAC.

6.6.2 Current Membership

Professor David Isaacs (Chair) is a consultant paediatrician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney, and was a past member of the PBAC for eight years.

Dr Preeti Joshi is a paediatric allergist and immunologist with the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Dr Liz Marles is a general practitioner and Director of the Hornsby-Brooklyn GP Unit (NSW Health) and is also a current member of the PBAC.

Dr Jim McGill is a metabolic physician with the Queensland Lifespan Metabolic Medicine Service based at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and Mater Adult Hospital in Brisbane.

Ms Susan Thompson is a Clinical Specialist with the Genetic Metabolic Disorders Service, Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Dr Melinda White is a dietitian consultant at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital with over 22 years of experience, and a PhD in clinical paediatric nutrition.

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