New medicine approval process to allow quicker access to breakthrough drugs

The Federal Government is changing the way new medicines are approved to ensure Australians get access to breakthrough drugs more quickly. At the moment, Australian patients are being forced to wait up to two years longer to access some drugs than patients in the United States and Europe. Under the changes being announced today, any drug that has been listed by a comparable overseas regulator, including the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency, can now be fast-tracked for approval and sale in Australia. Health Minister Sussan Ley said the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) would be able…
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