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Table 2a Application to the MSAC and Duration of Assessment

From: The Australian experiment: the use of evidence based medicine for the reimbursement of surgical and diagnostic procedures (1998–2004)

App. Description First MSAC Meeting MSAC Meeting – Endorsed Minister Sign Off Duration in Months MSAC Outcome
1001 Advanced breast biopsy instrumentation May'98   May'99 12 Negative
1002 Oto-acoustic emission audiometry May'98   Aug'99 15 Positive
1003 OctreoScan¨ scintigraphy for gastro-entero-pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours May'98   Aug'99 15 Positive
1004 Transmyocardial laser revascularization May'98 Aug'99 Sept'99 16 Negative
1005 Visual electrodiagnosis May'98 May'01 Jun'01 25 Partial
1006 Endoluminal grafting for abdominal aortic aneurysm May'98   May'99 12 Partial
1007 Saline infusion sonohysterography May'98   May'99 12 Positive
1008 Photodynamic therapy for skin and mucosal cancer May'98   May'99 12 Negative
1009 Sacral nerve stimulation for urinary incontinence May'98   Mar'00 22 Negative
1010 Intravascular extraction of chronically implanted permanent transvenous pacing leads Sept'98 Aug'99 Sept'99 12 Positive
1011 Lung volume reduction surgery – for advanced emphysema Sept'98 Feb'01 Apr'01 19 Negative
1012 Vertebral axial decompression therapy for chronic back pain Feb'99 May'01 Jun'01 28 Negative
1013 Treatment of diseases of the inner ear using the Round Window Microcath System Aug'99    - Ineligible
1014 TransUrethral Needle Ablation for benign prostatic hyperplasia May'99 Nov'01/Mar'02 May'02 36 Interim
1015 Directional, vacuum-assisted breast biopsy May'98 Aug'99 Sept'99 16 Interim
1016 Samarium153-lexidronam for bone pain due to skeletal metastases May'98   Aug'99 15 Positive
1017 Chelation therapy – for cardiovascular disease Nov'98    - Ineligible
1018–1020 Hyperbaric oxygen treatment May'99   Feb'01 21 Partial
1022 Commercial-in-Confidence Application May'99    - Ineligible
1023 Placement of artificial bowel sphincters in the management of faecal incontinence May'99 Nov'99 Nov'99 12 Negative
1024 Total ear reconstruction May'99   Mar'00 10 Positive
1025 Provision of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) services – deferred. See Reference 02 Aug'99   Aug'00 12 Ref 02
1026 Near patient cholesterol testing using the Cholestech LDX Aug'99 Aug'01 Sept'01 25 Interim
1027 Provision of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) services – deferred. See Reference 02 Aug'99    - Ref 02
1028 Gamma knife surgery Nov'99 Nov'00 Aug'01 21 Negative
1029 Brachytherapy for the treatment of prostate cancer Nov'99 Nov'00 Feb'01 15 Interim
1030 Low intensity ultrasound treatment for the acceleration of bone fracture healing – Exogen\texttrademark bone growth stimulator Feb'00 Nov'01 Feb'02 24 Negative
1031 Deep brain stimulation for symptoms of advanced Parkinson's disease May'00 May'01 Jun'01 13 Interim
1032 Intravascular ultrasound May'00 Mar'02 May'02 24 Negative
1033 Autogenous cartilage implantation May'00    ? On hold
1034 Selective Internal Radiation Therapy for hepatic Metastases using SIR-Spheres® May'00 Nov'01/Mar'02 Aug'02 27 Negative
1035 Genetic test for Fragile X syndrome May'00 Mar'02 Aug'02 27 Positive
1036 Percutaneous transluminal coronary rotational atherectomy for lesions of the coronary arteries Aug'00   Sept'02 25 Partial
1037 Advanced breast biopsy instrumentation (Note earlier application 1001) Aug'00 Aug'01 Sept'01 13 Positive
1038 Conformal radiotherapy Aug'00 Nov'01 Feb'02 18 Positive
1039 Photodynamic therapy with verteporfin for macular degeneration Nov'00 Aug'01 Sept'01 10 Partial
1040 Anatomical biomodelling Nov'00    - Ineligible
1041 Intravascular Brachytherapy – Commercial-in-Confidence application May'01 Aug'02 Oct'02 17 Interim
1042 Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) May'01 Aug'05   55+ Positive
1043 Thyrogen\texttrademark (thyrotropin alfa) as a diagnostic agent for well-differentiated thyroid cancer May'01 Aug'02 Oct'02 17 Negative
1044 Ostase immunoassay for the mass measurement of serum bone alkaline phosphatase May'01 May'03 Aug'03 27 Negative
1045 Intra-articular viscosupplementation for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee Aug'01   Mar'03 19 Negative
1046 Interstim for sacral nerve stimulation in patients with refractory urinary incontinence Aug'01 Jun'02   11+ Negative
1047 Endoluminal Gastroplication for the treatment of Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease GORD Aug'01   Jun'02 10 Negative
1048 Intradiscal electrothermal anuloplasty for patients with chronic low back pain due to anular disruption of contained herniated discs Aug'01 Nov'02 Dec'02 16 Negative
1049 M-VAX TM – a treatment for patients with advanced stage III melanoma Nov'01 Aug'02 Oct'02 11 Negative
1050 Optical Biometry Nov'01 Mar'03/Aug'03 Jun'04 31 Positive
1051 Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) Therapy Nov'01    - Ineligible
1052 Radiofrequency ablation of liver tumours Nov'01 May'03 Aug'03 21 Partial
1053 Placement of artificial bowel sphincters in the management of faecal incontinence Mar'02 May'03 ? 14+ Negative
1054 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (Resubmission) Mar'02 May'03/Aug'03 Aug'04 29 Interim
1055 Hysteroscopic sterilisation by tubal cannulation and placement of intrafallopian implants Mar'02 Nov'03 Mar'05 36 Negative
1056 LeukoScan® May'02 May'03 Aug'03 15 Partial
1057 M2A® capsule endoscopy – evaluation of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding in adult patients Aug'02 Aug'03 Sept'03 16 Interim
1058 QuantiFERON-TB Gold   Aug'04   - Withdrawn
1059 Endo Venous Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins Mar'03 Nov'03 Aug'04 17 Negative
1060 Bone Mineral Densitometry – Reference 19 Mar'03 Nov'04   - Withdrawn
1061 Implantation of Insertable Loop Recorder for Diagnosis of Recurrent Unexplained Syncope Mar'03 Nov'03   8+ Positive
1062 A scan for Imaging Recurrence and/or metastases in patients with histologically demonstrated carcinoma of the colon or rectum Mar'03 May'04 Aug'04 17 Negative
1063 Photodynamic Therapy for Verteporfin (Visudyne) for Subfoveal choroidal neovasculanisations (Commercial in Confidence) Mar'03 Nov'03 Mar'05 24 Unchanged
1064 Three dimensional magnetic electroanatomical radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia's Mar'03    - Ineligible
1065 Sentinel Node Biopsy for Breast Cancer Mar'03 Mar'05 Jul'05 28 Interim
1066 Drug (Sirolimus) Eluting Stents ("Commercial-in-Confidence") – Refer to Reference 21 Mar'03 Aug'03 Sept'03 - Ref 21
1067 Genotypic resistance testing of antiretrovirals in HIV Aug'03 Aug'04 Mar'05 19 Negative
1068 Prostate specific antigen (PSA) test Mar'04 Mar'05 Jul'05 16 Unchanged
1069 Endoscopic ultrasound for the pre-operative staging of gastric and oesophageal neoplasms – Refer to Application 1072 Mar'04    21+ App 1072
1070 An innovative patent for tobacco smoking cessation Mar'04    - Ineligible
1071 Measurement of international normalised ratio (INR) in general practice Mar'04 May'05 Jul'05 16 Negative
1072 Endoscopic ultrasound for staging pancreatic, gastric, oesophageal and hepato-biliary neoplasms Mar'04    21+ Incomplete
1073 METVIX (Commercial-in-confidence) – referred to the PBAC Mar'04     Withdrawn
1074 Freelight Lambda and Freelight Kappa Mar'04    - Withdrawn
1075 Endoscopic ultrasound for the diagnosis and pre-operative staging of Hepato-biliary neoplasms – Refer to Application 1072 Mar'04    21+ Incomplete
1076 Transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT) May'04    19+ Positive
1077 Sacral nerve stimulation for faecal incontinence May'04 May'05 Jul'05 14 Positive
1078 Multifocal multichannel objective perimetry (MMOP) May'04 Aug'04   3+ Negative
1079 Peripheral arterial tonometry with ascending aortic waveform analysis using the SphygmoCor system May'04 Mar'06   19+ Incomplete
1080 Radi pressure wire Aug'04 Nov'05   16+ Incomplete
1081 Uterine artery embolisation Aug'04    16+ Incomplete
1082 SIR-Spheres® for the treatment of non-resectable liver tumours Aug'04    11+ Interim
1083 Intac Implants Aug'04    11+ Negative
1084 Uro Vysion Aug'04 Nov'05   16+ Incomplete
1085 Carbon labelled urea breath test Nov'04    13+ Incomplete
1087 B-Type Natriuretic Peptide – includes 1086 Aug'04    16+ Incomplete
1089 Brachytherapy for the treatment of prostate cancer Nov'04 May'05 Jul'05 8 Interim
1090 Artificial intervertebral disc replacement – previously Reference 29 Mar'04 Nov'05   14+ Incomplete
1091 Minimally Invasive Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomy Mar'05    9+ Incomplete
1092 Deep brain stimulation for the symptoms of Parkinson's disease Mar'05    9+ Incomplete
1093 Endovascular Neurointerventional Procedures Mar'05    9+ Incomplete
  1. Source: MSAC Web Site: – Accessed 6th Jan'06 Correct as at end Dec'05