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BRAND PREMIUM POLICY

BRANDS OF PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFIT ITEMS WHICH HAVE A BRAND PREMIUM AND THAT MAY BE SUBSTITUTED

The Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits shows differences in price between some alternative brands of the same drug product.

Manufacturers can develop generic equivalents and apply to have them listed on the PBS. In doing this, manufacturers need to ensure that they comply with the relevant legislation applicable to patents. These brands are clinically equivalent and must undergo the same strict quality controls. Although these brands are designed to act on the body in exactly the same way, they are usually cheaper than the originator brands.

The Australian Government, through the PBS, subsidises up to the price of the lowest priced brand (except in those instances where the lowest priced brand has, as part of its price, a therapeutic group premium). This means that consumers may have to pay extra for more expensive brands (those with a brand premium). This extra amount does not count towards their PBS safety net threshold.

Brand substitution by pharmacists without reference to the prescriber is permitted for PBS prescriptions where:

  • the patient agrees to the substitution;
  • the brands are identified in the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits as being interchangeable;
  • the prescriber has not indicated on the prescription form that substitution is not to occur; and
  • substitution is permitted under the relevant State or Territory legislation.

Prescription forms supplied by Department of Human Services contain a box to be ticked where brand substitution is not to take place.

Prescribers not using these prescription forms should endorse the prescription if brand substitution is not permitted. Where a stamp is used for this purpose, the prescriber will be required to initial the stamped statement.

For ease of prescribing and dispensing, and in the interests of your patients, the following list shows those PBS drugs that attract a brand premium and that can be substituted where permitted. They are listed alphabetically, by brand name, with the brand premium and benchmark brand(s) cited in the last column.

  • Legend
  • PPalliative care items
  • BBrand premium applies
  • aBrand equivalent a
  • DPDentist
  • MPMedical Practitioner
  • MWMidwife
  • NPNurse Practitioner
  • OPOptometrist
Premium priced brand Form & strength Max qty
packs
Max qty
units
No. of
repeats
Brand premium Benchmark priced brands
Abbocillin-V Bphenoxymethylpenicillin 150 mg/5 mL oral liquid, 100 mLa 2 2 0 $1.66 Cilicaine V
Accupril Bquinapril 10 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $3.11 APO-Quinapril
Acquin Aspen 10
Aquinafil
Qpril 10
Accupril Bquinapril 20 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $3.10 APO-Quinapril
Acquin Aspen 20
Aquinafil
Qpril 20
Quinapril generichealth
Accupril Bquinapril 5 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $3.10 APO-Quinapril
Acquin Aspen 5
Aquinafil
Qpril 5
Adalat 10 Bnifedipine 10 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $1.84 Adefin 10
Adalat 20 Bnifedipine 20 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $2.57 Adefin 20
GenRx Nifedipine
Adalat Oros 30 Bnifedipine 30 mg tablet: modified release, 30a 1 30 5 $2.82 APO-Nifedipine XR
Addos XR 30
Adefin XL 30
Adalat Oros 60 Bnifedipine 60 mg tablet: modified release, 30a 1 30 5 $2.99 APO-Nifedipine XR
Addos XR 60
Adefin XL 60
Aldactone Bspironolactone 100 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 5 $6.17 Spiractin 100
Aldactone Bspironolactone 25 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 5 $5.59 Spiractin 25
Aldara Bimiquimod 5% cream, 12 x 250 mg sachetsa 1 1 1 $2.69 APO-Imiquimod
Aldiq
Aldara Pump Bimiquimod 5% cream, 2 x 2 ga 1 1 1 $5.38
Aldomet Bmethyldopa 250 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 5 $3.08 Hydopa
Alphagan Bbrimonidine tartrate 0.2% eye drops, 5 mLa 1 1 5 $1.42 Enidin
Amaryl Bglimepiride 1 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.23 APO-Glimepiride
Aylide 1
Diapride 1
Dimirel
Glimepiride AN
Glimepiride GA 1
Glimepiride Sandoz
Amaryl Bglimepiride 2 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.18 APO-Glimepiride
Aylide 2
Diapride 2
Dimirel
Glimepiride AN
Glimepiride GA 2
Glimepiride Sandoz
Amaryl Bglimepiride 3 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.19 APO-Glimepiride
Aylide 3
Diapride 3
Dimirel
Glimepiride AN
Glimepiride GA 3
Glimepiride Sandoz
Amaryl Bglimepiride 4 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.19 APO-Glimepiride
Aylide 4
Diapride 4
Dimirel
Glimepiride AN
Glimepiride GA 4
Glimepiride Sandoz
Amoxil Bamoxycillin 125 mg/5 mL oral liquid: powder for, 100 mLa 1 1 1 $3.01 APO-Amoxycillin
Alphamox 125
Amoxycillin Sandoz
Bgramin
Chem mart Amoxycillin
Ranmoxy
Terry White Chemists Amoxycillin
Amoxil Bamoxycillin 250 mg capsule, 20a 1 20 1 $3.03 APO-Amoxycillin
Alphamox 250
Amoxycillin AN
Amoxycillin Ranbaxy
Amoxycillin Sandoz
Amoxycillin-GA
Chem mart Amoxycillin
Cilamox
Terry White Chemists Amoxycillin
Yomax 250
Amoxil Bamoxycillin 500 mg capsule, 20a 1 20 1 $3.27 APO-Amoxycillin
Alphamox 500
Amoxycillin AN
Amoxycillin Ranbaxy
Amoxycillin Sandoz
Amoxycillin generichealth 500
Amoxycillin-GA
Chem mart Amoxycillin
Cilamox
Terry White Chemists Amoxycillin
Yomax 500
Amoxil Forte Bamoxycillin 250 mg/5 mL oral liquid: powder for, 100 mLa 1 1 1 $3.10 APO-Amoxycillin
Alphamox 250
Amoxycillin Sandoz
Bgramin
Chem mart Amoxycillin
Cilamox
Ranmoxy
Terry White Chemists Amoxycillin
Anafranil 25 Bclomipramine hydrochloride 25 mg tablet, 50a 1 50 2 $2.74 Chem mart Clomipramine
GenRx Clomipramine
Placil
Terry White Chemists Clomipramine
Anaprox 550 Bnaproxen sodium 550 mg tablet, 50a 1 50 3 $1.89 Crysanal
Androcur Bcyproterone acetate 50 mg tablet, 20a 1 20 5 $3.05 Cyprocur 50
Cyprone
Cyprostat
Cyproterone AN
Cyproterone Sandoz
GenRx Cyproterone Acetate
Procur
Androcur Bcyproterone acetate 50 mg tablet, 50a 2 100 5 $2.88 Cyprocur 50
Cyprone
Cyprostat
Cyproterone AN
Cyproterone Sandoz
Cyrotone
GenRx Cyproterone Acetate
Procur
Androcur-100 Bcyproterone acetate 100 mg tablet, 50a 1 50 5 $1.80 Cyprocur 100
Cyprostat-100
Cyproterone AN
Cyproterone Sandoz
GenRx Cyproterone Acetate
Procur 100
Anginine Stabilised Bglyceryl trinitrate 600 microgram tablet: sublingual, 100a 1 1 5 $2.56 Lycinate
Aristocort 0.02% Btriamcinolone acetonide 0.02% cream, 100 ga 2 2 0 $3.28 Tricortone
Aristocort 0.02% Btriamcinolone acetonide 0.02% ointment, 100 ga 2 2 0 $3.28 Tricortone
Aromasin Bexemestane 25 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $1.70 APO-Exemestane
Exaccord
Exemestane AN
Exemestane GH
Exemestane Pfizer
Exemestane Sandoz
Exemestane-GA
Aropax Bparoxetine 20 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.19 Chem mart Paroxetine
Extine 20
GenRx Paroxetine
Paroxetine AN
Paroxetine Actavis
Paroxetine GH
Paroxetine Sandoz
Paroxetine-GA
Paxtine
Roxet 20
Terry White Chemists Paroxetine
Asmol 2.5 uni-dose Bsalbutamol 2.5 mg/2.5 mL inhalation: solution, 30 x 2.5 mL ampoulesa 2 2 5 $0.50 APO-Salbutamol
Butamol 2.5
GenRx Salbutamol
Pharmacor Salbutamol 2.5
Salbutamol Actavis
Salbutamol Sandoz
Ventolin Nebules
Asmol 5 uni-dose Bsalbutamol 5 mg/2.5 mL inhalation: solution, 30 x 2.5 mL ampoulesa 2 2 5 $0.50 APO-Salbutamol
Butamol 5
GenRx Salbutamol
Pharmacor Salbutamol 5
Salbutamol Actavis
Salbutamol Sandoz
Ventolin Nebules
Asmol CFC-free Bsalbutamol 100 microgram/actuation inhalation: pressurised, 200 actuationsa 2 2 5 $1.00 APO-Salbutamol Inhaler
Ventolin CFC-free
Atacand Bcandesartan cilexetil 16 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $1.68 APO-Candesartan
Adesan
Auro-Candesartan 16
Candesartan AN
Candesartan Aspen 16
Candesartan GH
Candesartan RBX
Candesartan Sandoz
Candesartan-GA
Chem mart Candesartan
Pharmacor Candesartan 16
Terry White Chemists Candesartan
Atacand Bcandesartan cilexetil 32 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $1.68 APO-Candesartan
Adesan
Auro-Candesartan 32
Candesartan AN
Candesartan Aspen 32
Candesartan GH
Candesartan RBX
Candesartan Sandoz
Candesartan-GA
Chem mart Candesartan
Pharmacor Candesartan 32
Terry White Chemists Candesartan
Atacand Bcandesartan cilexetil 4 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $1.67 APO-Candesartan
Adesan
Auro-Candesartan 4
Candesartan AN
Candesartan Aspen 4
Candesartan GH
Candesartan RBX
Candesartan Sandoz
Candesartan-GA
Chem mart Candesartan
Pharmacor Candesartan 4
Terry White Chemists Candesartan
Atacand Bcandesartan cilexetil 8 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $1.67 APO-Candesartan
Adesan
Auro-Candesartan 8
Candesartan AN
Candesartan Aspen 8
Candesartan GH
Candesartan RBX
Candesartan Sandoz
Candesartan-GA
Chem mart Candesartan
Pharmacor Candesartan 8
Terry White Chemists Candesartan
Atacand Plus 16/12.5 Bcandesartan cilexetil 16 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $1.80 APO-Candesartan HCTZ 16/12.5
Adesan HCT 16/12.5
Asartan HCT 16/12.5
Candesartan Combi Aspen 16/12.5
Candesartan HCT GH 16/12.5
Candesartan HCTZ AN 16/12.5
Candesartan HCTZ RBX 16/12.5
Candesartan HCTZ-GA 16/12.5
Candesartan/HCT Sandoz
Chem mart Candesartan HCTZ 16/12.5
Pharmacor Candesartan HCT 16/12.5
Terry White Chemists Candesartan HCTZ 16/12.5
Atacand Plus 32/12.5 Bcandesartan cilexetil 32 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $1.78 APO-Candesartan HCTZ 32/12.5
Adesan HCT 32/12.5
Asartan HCT 32/12.5
Candesartan Combi Aspen 32/12.5
Candesartan HCT GH 32/12.5
Candesartan HCTZ AN 32/12.5
Candesartan HCTZ RBX 32/12.5
Candesartan HCTZ-GA 32/12.5
Candesartan/HCT Sandoz
Chem mart Candesartan HCTZ 32/12.5
Pharmacor Candesartan HCT 32/12.5
Terry White Chemists Candesartan HCTZ 32/12.5
Atacand Plus 32/25 Bcandesartan cilexetil 32 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $1.92 APO-Candesartan HCTZ 32/25
Adesan HCT 32/25
Asartan HCT 32/25
Candesartan Combi Aspen 32/25
Candesartan HCT GH 32/25
Candesartan HCTZ AN 32/25
Candesartan HCTZ RBX 32/25
Candesartan HCTZ-GA 32/25
Candesartan/HCT Sandoz
Chem mart Candesartan HCTZ 32/25
Pharmacor Candesartan HCT 32/25
Terry White Chemists Candesartan HCTZ 32/25
Atrovent Bipratropium bromide 250 microgram/mL inhalation: solution, 30 x 1 mL ampoulesa 2 2 5 $0.50 APO-Ipratropium
Aeron 250
Ipratrin
Atrovent Adult Bipratropium bromide 500 microgram/mL inhalation: solution, 30 x 1 mL ampoulesa 2 2 5 $0.50 APO-Ipratropium
Aeron 500
Ipratrin Adult
Augmentin Bamoxycillin 125 mg/5 mL + clavulanic acid 31.25 mg/5 mL oral liquid: powder for, 75 mLa 1 1 1 $3.00 APO-Amoxycillin and Clavulanic Acid 125/31.25
Curam
GA-Amclav 125/31.25
Augmentin Duo Bamoxycillin 500 mg + clavulanic acid 125 mg tablet, 10a 1 10 1 $4.23 APO-Amoxycillin/ Clavulanic Acid 500/125
AlphaClav Duo
Amoxyclav AN 500/125
Curam Duo 500/125
GA-Amclav 500/125
Moxiclav Duo 500/125
Pharmacor AmoxyClav 500/125
Augmentin Duo 400 Bamoxycillin 400 mg/5 mL + clavulanic acid 57 mg/5 mL oral liquid: powder for, 60 mLa 1 1 0 $4.21 APO-Amoxycillin and Clavulanic Acid 400/57
Curam Duo
GA-Amclav Forte 400/57
Augmentin Duo forte Bamoxycillin 875 mg + clavulanic acid 125 mg tablet, 10a 1 10 0 $5.43 APO-Amoxycillin and Clavulanic Acid
AlphaClav Duo Forte
AmoxyClav GH 875/125
AmoxyClav RBX 875/125
Amoxyclav AN 875/125
Chem mart Amoxycillin and Clavulanic Acid
Clavam 875 mg/125 mg
Curam Duo Forte 875/125
GA-Amclav Forte 875/125
Moxiclav Duo Forte 875/125
Terry White Chemists Amoxycillin and Clavulanic Acid
Aurorix Bmoclobemide 150 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $0.32 Amira 150
Clobemix
GenRx Moclobemide
Moclobemide AN
Moclobemide Sandoz
Mohexal
Aurorix 300 mg Bmoclobemide 300 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $0.64 Amira 300
Clobemix
GenRx Moclobemide
Moclobemide AN
Moclobemide Sandoz
Avanza Bmirtazapine 30 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.88 APO-Mirtazapine
Aurozapine 30
Axit 30
Chem mart Mirtazapine
GenRx Mirtazapine
Mirtazapine AN
Mirtazapine GH
Mirtazapine Sandoz
Mirtazapine-GA
Mirtazon
Terry White Chemists Mirtazapine
Avanza Bmirtazapine 45 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.88 APO-Mirtazapine
Aurozapine 45
Axit 45
Chem mart Mirtazapine
Mirtazapine AN
Mirtazapine GH
Mirtazapine Sandoz
Mirtazapine-GA
Mirtazon
Terry White Chemists Mirtazapine
Avanza SolTab BMIRTAZAPINE Tablet 15 mg (orally disintegrating), 30a 1 30 5 $0.98 Milivin OD 15
Mirtazapine AN ODT
Mirtazapine Sandoz ODT 15
Remeron SolTab
Avanza SolTab BMIRTAZAPINE Tablet 30 mg (orally disintegrating), 30a 1 30 5 $0.99 Milivin OD 30
Mirtazapine AN ODT
Mirtazapine Sandoz ODT 30
Remeron SolTab
Avanza SolTab BMIRTAZAPINE Tablet 45 mg (orally disintegrating), 30a 1 30 5 $0.99 Milivin OD 45
Mirtazapine AN ODT
Mirtazapine Sandoz ODT 45
Remeron SolTab
Azopt Bbrinzolamide 1% eye drops, 5 mLa 1 1 5 $2.28 BrinzoQuin