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Dear Department of Finance,
Some years ago American pharmaceutical Pfizer Inc. and a subsidiary paid $ 2.3 billion to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the illegal promotion of certain products. It was the largest health care fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice.
Please provide a copy of the due-diligence undertaken by government with respect to Pfizer's contract to produce covid-19 vaccines for Australia. This request is made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.
Yours faithfully,
Jaay-H

FOI Requests, Department of Finance

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Kind regards

 

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FOI Requests, Department of Finance

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Dear Jaay-H

 

Freedom of Information Request

Thank you for your email, dated 7 November 2021, to the Department of
Finance (Finance) requesting access to the following under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (FOI Act):

Some years ago American pharmaceutical Pfizer Inc. and a subsidiary paid $
2.3 billion to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the
illegal promotion of certain products.  It was the largest health care
fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice.

Please provide a copy of the due-diligence undertaken by government with
respect to Pfizer's contract to produce covid-19 vaccines for Australia. 
This request is made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.

 

As the subject matter of the requested documents are more closely
connected with the functions of the Department of Health (Health), they
have confirmed that they are better placed to process your request.  As
such, Finance has transferred your request, in full, to Health under
section 16 of the FOI Act. 

 

Please direct all future enquires regarding the above request to:

·         [1][email address]

·         02 6289 1666

 

Kind regards

 

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FOI Officer | Legal and Assurance Branch

Business Enabling Services

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783

E: [3][Finance request email]

A: One Canberra Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

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Dear Mr Jaay H

 

I refer to your request of 7 November 2021 to the Department of Health
(department), seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (FOI Act) in the following terms:

 

Some years ago American pharmaceutical Pfizer Inc. and a subsidiary paid $
2.3 billion to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the
illegal promotion of certain products.  It was the largest health care
fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice.
Please provide a copy of the due-diligence undertaken by government with
respect to Pfizer's contract to produce covid-19 vaccines for Australia.

 

 Notice of Third Party Consultation

 

It appears, from the documents to which you seek access, a third party may
reasonably wish to make a contention concerning possible exemption of some
of the documents. The decision maker, an officer authorised under section
23(1) of the FOI Act to make decisions in relation to Freedom of
Information requests, has determined that the requirement of section 27 of
FOI Act (Consultation – business information) makes it appropriate to
extend the timeframe for dealing with your request.

 

Pursuant to subsection 15(6) of the FOI Act, the period for providing you
with a decision has been extended by a further period of 30 days. This
means the department will endeavour to provide you with a decision on or
before 6 January 2022.

 

 Relevant provisions

 

The FOI Act, including the provisions referred to in this email, can be
accessed from the Federal Register of Legislation website.

 

If you require clarification of any of the matters discussed in this email
you should contact the department’s FOI Unit on (02) 6289 1666, or by
email at [1][email address].

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Officer

 

FOI Unit – FOI and Legislation Support Section

Legal & Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group

Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Australian Government Department of Health

E: [2][email address

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

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Dear Mr Jaay H

REQUEST FOR AN EXTENSION OF TIME

I refer to your request of 7 November 2021 to the Department of Health
(department), seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (FOI Act) in the following terms:

 

Some years ago American pharmaceutical Pfizer Inc. and a subsidiary paid $
2.3 billion to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the
illegal promotion of certain products.  It was the largest health care
fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice.

Please provide a copy of the due-diligence undertaken by government with
respect to Pfizer's contract to produce covid-19 vaccines for Australia.

 

Timeframes

 

The current statutory due date for this request falls on 6 January 2022.
Section 15AA of the FOI Act enables the department to seek your agreement
to an extension of time of up to 30 days. Given the upcoming Christmas and
New Year departmental shutdown period, the department is seeking your
agreement to an extension of time of 14 days to reflect this holiday
period. This would result in the decision on access in your request
becoming due on or before 20 January 2022. If you agree to this extension
of time, could you please confirm in writing by COB 9 December.

Other information

The department may impose a charge for the work involved in providing
access to the documents.  If this request attracts a charge you will be
notified in writing.

Unless you advise otherwise, draft and duplicate documents and
Commonwealth employee names and contact details below Senior Executive
Service level and mobile telephone numbers of all staff will be excluded
from the scope of your request under s22(1)(a)(ii) of the FOI Act.

You can contact the FOI Unit via email at [1][email address], should you
have any questions.

Kind regards,

 

FOI Case Officer

 

 

Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Legal & Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666  | E: [2][email address

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present. 

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

 

"Important: This transmission is intended only for the use of the
addressee and may contain confidential or legally privileged information. 
If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any use or
dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited.  If you
receive this transmission in error please notify the author immediately
and delete all copies of this transmission."

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