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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 325 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 June 2021 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on

MEDICAL CANNABIS — PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFITS SCHEME

325. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the minister representing the Minister for Health:

I thank the minister for his answer to my question without notice 282 on 16 June on medicinal cannabis and the pharmaceutical benefits scheme. Further to his answer, and the correspondence tabled and date stamped 14 November 2018, will the minister list this as an agenda item for the next Council of Australian Governments Health Council meeting; and, if not, why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer is provided on behalf of the Minister for Health.

No. There is an established and legislated process for medicines to be assessed, recommended and listed on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme. To maintain the integrity of the PBS, medicinal cannabis products should be required to meet the exact same standards of quality, safety, efficacy and value for money as other funded medicines.