Avancées en éthique médicale

Avancées en éthique médicale
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ISSN: 2385-5495


Paternalism in Medicine and High-Priced, Non-Subsidized Medications

Ekong Riyan

Most prescription drugs in Australia are subsidized by the government through the pharmaceutical benefits system. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Council, an independent expert committee comprised of medical practitioners and pharmacists, evaluates new pharmaceuticals that have been authorized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for inclusion in the plan. Before selecting a medicine, the committee analyses numerous factors, including efficacy, safety, quality of life advantages, and cost effectiveness. The committee may impose limitations on the way medications are prescribed. It might take a long time for a new medicine to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and then included on the pharmaceutical benefits plan.