A common list of reimbursable medicines was introduced for the general medical services scheme and the drug payment scheme. This list ensures equity between the general medical services and drug payment schemes in relation to the range of medicines paid for by the State under both schemes. This common list is subject to ongoing review and amendment on a monthly basis as new products become available and deletions are notified. Applications for inclusion in the common list are examined on a monthly basis by the products committee, consisting of a range of representatives from within the Department. In order for any item to be included in the common medicines list it must comply with a published list of criteria.