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Drug Availability in Australia

For safe access to medication in Australia, each drug is assessed for its safety and effectiveness. There are two main processes for getting drug access here. The medication must be assessed and approved by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration), and then for prescription medications to be subsidised by the Government to make it affordable to users, the drug is assessed by the PBAC to assess if it is cost effective compared to other available medications. If it shows adequate benefit to patients and is cost effective, it is funded by PBS. 

TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration)

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is part of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, and is responsible for regulating therapeutic goods including medicines, medical devices, blood and blood products.

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PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme)

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) gives all Australian residents and eligible overseas visitors access to prescription medicine in a way that is affordable, reliable and timely. Through the PBS, the Australian Government subsidises the cost of listed prescription medicine, making it more affordable for all Australians

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