Cervical cancer vaccination funding for Australian girls rejected

Cervical cancer vaccination funding for Australian girls rejected

Melbourne, Australia — 08/11/2006

CSL Limited, Australia’s leading biopharmaceutical company, today announced that at last week’s meeting, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) rejected CSL’s funding application for its cervical cancer vaccine GARDASIL®.

CSL applied to the PBAC for National Immunisation Program funding for the vaccine for three groups of women, based on the use approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). An ongoing cohort of 11-12 year old girls delivered through a
schools-based program at the end of primary school, a catch-up program for high-school girls (aged 13-18) delivered through secondary schools and a general practice based program for women aged 19-26.

Although disappointed, CSL remains committed to securing Government funding for GARDASIL in Australia and will continue to work closely with the Government and PBAC until this is achieved.

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