After all the submissions went to the PBAC, one of the people who sent a submission on my behalf received this reply below. Unlike most people, she had sent her submission to the PBS instead of the PBAC Committee, therefore she received this individualised reply which not everyone would have received.
Anyway it contains information about when the results of the submission will become public, and the links to those results. Let’s hope the results will be favourable !
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:04:51 +1000
Dear Ms XXX,
Thank you for your email on 2 June 2011 regarding the non-availability of growth hormone for adults through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
I am sorry to hear of the health difficulties your sister-in-law has as a result of her pituitary surgery. I understand that this condition has had a significant impact on her health and her overall quality of life.
Medicines are listed on the PBS on the advice of the independent, expert advisory body known as the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), which is comprised of doctors, other health professionals and a consumer representative. The PBAC considers applications from companies for PBS listing having regard to the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness (value-for-money) of medicines, in comparison with other available treatments. It is committed to using sound, evidence-based principles to identify the scope of the PBS listings for which subsidy is warranted. The PBAC meets three times a year in March, July and November.
As you may be aware, a submission has been made to PBAC to extend the current Section 100 (Human Growth Hormone Program) listing of Somatropin to include treatment of adults with severe growth hormone deficiency. This submission is scheduled to be considered at the next meeting of the Committee to be held in July 2011.
For your information, details of the Committee’s decisions at the July PBAC meeting will be made available on the Department of Health and Ageing’s website from 19 August 2011 at: www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pbs-general-outcomes_full.htm.
Public Summary Documents providing more detailed information of the PBAC’s deliberations will be available on the website from 28 October 2011 (or 11 November 2011 for the first time rejections) at: www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/pbac-outcomes-and-public-summary-documents
I hope that the above information is of assistance to you.
Special Access Programs Section
Pharmaceutical Benefits Division
PBS Growth Hormone Program