Comments period on draft new National Medicines Policy extended – now closing on 2 March

by , | Feb 7, 2022

Last week we alerted you to the release of a draft new National Medicines Policy (NMP) for public comment.  The draft NMP was released by the National Medicines Policy Review Committee, which has been tasked by the Department of Health with reviewing the decades-old policy.

The original timeframe for comments was only 2 weeks, expiring on 16 February.  Many stakeholders publicly expressed their irritation at this short timeframe given the importance of the document.

We are pleased to report that the deadline to submit comments has now been extended for two more weeks, until 2 March.

Comments can be made via an online survey at this link.

Despite the extension the review continues to move fast.  The Department of Health has now stated that the review is set to conclude at the end of March 2022.

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She has developed and implemented global IP strategies over more than 15 years at multi-national pharmaceutical companies. She is an Australian qualified and registered legal practitioner, and has a Master’s degree in IP Law and a BSc in biochemistry.

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