Guide to consumer comments to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC)
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is how the Australian Government reduces the cost of medications for the community.
For a drug to be listed on the PBS it must first receive a positive recommendation from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) - an independent expert body that includes health professionals and a consumer representative. The committee provides its recommendations to the Australian Government for future PBS listings.
PBAC takes into account the clinical effectiveness, safety and cost effectiveness (value for money) of each medication compared to other currently available treatments.
It is also very important for PBAC to hear from people affected by hepatitis C so that the committee can fully understand how you will benefit from the new medicine. PBAC provides an online form for you to comment. Other people can also put their views to the committee – e.g. carers, and family members.
PBAC states that all comments received will be considered. Issues from individuals will be made available in summary to the relevant pharmaceutical company and 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 pharmaceutical company.
The list of the medications being considered at each PBAC meeting are published ten (10) weeks prior to each meeting.
The pharmaceutical companies will have already provided PBAC with detailed clinical and economic data in support of their application so you will not have to cover this.
The outcomes of the PBAC meeting will be available on the PBS website six (6) weeks after the 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.
Your completed comments form for the July 2015 meeting must be received by PBAC by 10th June 2015
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.
You can access more information about PBAC at pbs.gov.au/info/industry/listing/elements/pbac-meetings
If you have further questions or would like help with completing the form you can contact your state or territory hepatitis organisation on 1300-437-222
Information sourced from the PBS website.
Page updated 11 May 2015