How Australia’s drug approval process works

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) – the regulatory agency for medicines, medical devices, blood, and tissues in Australia – is part of the Department of Health and Ageing. As a result of the Therapeutic Goods Act of 1989, the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) was formed; it’s a database of information about therapeutic goods for humans that are “approved for supply in, or exported from, Australia.”

Book review: Methods for the economic evaluation of health care programmes – 3rd edition

Edited by Michael F. Drummond, Mark J. Sculpher, George W. Torrance, Bernie J. O’Brien, and Greg L. Stoddart. Oxford University Press, 2005, $55/£29.50, 379 pages. Reviewed by Kevin D. Frick This book is an excellent addition to any collection on cost-effectiveness methods. It describes and gives usable examples of such methods. The first edition was…

Book review: Prevention effectiveness – 2nd edition

Edited by Anne Haddix, Steven Tuesch, and Phaedra Corso, Oxford University Press, 2002, US$45, £26.99, 286 pages.   Reviewed by Kevin D. Frick This text is required reading for students in my introductory cost-effectiveness course. Why? Because it combines a discussion of the United States Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine’s recommendations, general readability,…