Evidence of efficacy of Escitalopram

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To: Services Australia

Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request

Dear Services Australia,

I am writing to request access to the evidence of efficacy of Escitalopram, as required for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

I am requesting this information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Please provide all relevant information, including any studies, clinical trials, or other evidence that has been used to evaluate the efficacy of Escitalopram for inclusion on the PBS.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,

Rex Banner

FREEDOMOFINFORMATION, Services Australia



Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information (FOI) team in Services
Australia. 

This email acknowledges your correspondence and provides some general
information in relation to FOI.

Timeframe For processing your request

Under the FOI Act you have a right, with limited exceptions, to access
documents the agency holds. A FOI request normally takes 30 days to
process.

Please note this period may be further extended if we need to consult
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The agency has administrative access arrangements in place for the release
of certain documents without the need for a formal FOI request. These
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included in documents they will be redacted. If you request staff details
as part of your FOI application, this may add to processing time and
applicable charges as it will be necessary to consider whether these
details are exempt under the Act.

            

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FREEDOMOFINFORMATION, Services Australia

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Dear Mr Banner,

 

Please find attached correspondence from Services Australia dated 20
December 2022 in relation to your request for access under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Leanne, FOI Officer

Information Access Branch

LEGAL SERVICES DIVISION

[1]B3997F7F

I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands we live on. I pay my
respects to all Elders, past and present, of all Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander nations.

 

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Dear Rex,

I refer to your request received by Services Australia for access to
documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). You have
requested access to:

the evidence of efficacy of Escitalopram, as required for listing on the
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

I am writing to tell you that on 19 December 2022, the Department of
Health and Aged Care (the department) accepted transfer of your request
from Services Australia.

The reference number for your request is FOI-4150. Please ensure that you
quote this number in future correspondence with us concerning this
request.

Timeframes

Your request was received by Services Australia on 12 December 2022 and
the 30-day statutory period for processing your request commenced from the
day after that date. The department will treat your request as though we
received it the same day that Services Australia did. You should expect a
decision from us by 11 January 2023. The period of 30 days may be extended
if we need to consult with third parties or for other reasons. We will
advise you if this happens.

Request for 12 day extension

 

The FOI Act requires the department to provide you with an access decision
by 11 January 2023 (30 days).

 

Many areas of the department, including the FOI Section, will be closed
from 24 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.

 

To ensure the department has sufficient time to process your request and
provide an informed decision, we are seeking your agreement to extend the
period  for completing your FOI request by 12 calendar days under section
15AA of the FOI Act). If you agree to this extension, the department would
be required to provide you with an access decision by 23 January 2023.

 

If you agree to this extension, could let us know as soon as possible by
return email to [1][email address].

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:

·         any draft and duplicate documents will be excluded from the
scope of your request, and

·         any Commonwealth employee names below Senior Executive Service
level and direct telephone numbers of all staff will be excluded from the
scope of your request under s22(1)(a)(ii) of the FOI Act.

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on our disclosure log
[2]www.health.gov.au/resources/foi-disclosure-log, subject to certain
exceptions. (For example, personal information will not be published where
this would be unreasonable.)

You can contact the FOI team via email at [3][email address] or by phone
on 02 6289 1666, should you have any questions.

 

Kind regards,

 

Daniel

FOI Officer – Freedom of Information Section

Legal Advice and Legislation

Legal and Assurance Division | Corporate Operations Group

Australian Government, Department of Health and Aged Care

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [4][email address]

PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges the traditional owners
of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land,
sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to
elders both past and present

 

 

 

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Dear FOI,

> We are seeking your agreement to extend the
> period for completing your FOI request by 12 calendar days under section
> 15AA of the FOI Act).

I agree

Yours sincerely,

Rex Banner

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Good morning,

 

I refer to your request of 12 December 2023 to the Department of Health
and Aged Care (department), seeking access under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) to the following documents:

I am writing to request access to the evidence of efficacy of
Escitalopram, as required for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits
Scheme (PBS).

Please provide all relevant information, including any studies, clinical
trials, or other evidence that has been used to evaluate the efficacy of
Escitalopram for inclusion on the PBS.

Notice of Third Party Consultation

 

Documents have been identified in the scope of your request which contain
information relating to third parties. It has been determined that it
would be appropriate to consult with the affected third parties under
section 27 of the FOI Act prior to a decision on access to those documents
being made.

Section 15(6) of the FOI Act allows the timeframe for processing your
request to be extended by 30 days to facilitate this consultation.
Accordingly, the statutory due date for your request is now Wednesday 22
February 2023.

The department will continue processing your request and provide you with
a decision on access as soon we are able to do so.

Relevant provisions

 

The FOI Act, including the provisions referred to in this email, can be
accessed from the Federal Register of Legislation website:
[1]www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C2004A02562.

 

If you require clarification of any of the matters discussed in this email
you should contact the department’s FOI Section by email at
[2][email address].

 

Kind regards

 

Daniel

Case Officer – Freedom of Information Section

Legal Advice and Legislation

Legal and Assurance Division | Corporate Operations Group

Australian Government, Department of Health and Aged Care

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [3][email address]

PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges the traditional owners
of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land,
sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to
elders both past and present

 

 

 

 

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