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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
  • BBrand premium applies
  • aBrand equivalent a
  • bBrand equivalent b
  • DPDentist
  • MPMedical Practitioner
  • NPNurse Practitioner
  • OPOptometrist
Premium priced brand Form & strength Max qty
packs
Max qty
units
No. of
repeats
Brand premium Benchmark priced brands
Bactrim DS Btrimethoprim 160 mg + sulfamethoxazole 800 mg tablet, 10a 1 10 1 $2.17 Resprim Forte
Septrin Forte
Bactrim DS Btrimethoprim 160 mg + sulfamethoxazole 800 mg tablet, 10a 3 30 2 $6.51 Resprim Forte
Septrin Forte
Betaloc BMETOPROLOL TARTRATE Tablet 100 mg, 60b 1 60 5 $3.76 APO-Metoprolol
Chem mart Metoprolol
Metoprolol Sandoz
Metrol 100
Minax 100
Terry White Chemists Metoprolol
Betaloc BMETOPROLOL TARTRATE Tablet 50 mg, 100b 1 100 5 $3.76 APO-Metoprolol
Chem mart Metoprolol
Metoprolol Sandoz
Metrol 50
Minax 50
Terry White Chemists Metoprolol
Betnovate 1/2 Bbetamethasone (as valerate) 0.05% cream, 15 ga 1 1 1 $2.56 Cortival 1/2
Betnovate 1/2 Bbetamethasone (as valerate) 0.05% cream, 15 ga 2 2 5 $5.12 Cortival 1/2
Betnovate 1/2 Bbetamethasone (as valerate) 0.05% cream, 15 ga 4 4 5 $10.24 Cortival 1/2
Betnovate 1/2 Bbetamethasone (as valerate) 0.05% cream, 15 ga 6 6 5 $15.36 Cortival 1/2
Betnovate 1/2 Bbetamethasone (as valerate) 0.05% cream, 15 ga 8 8 5 $20.48 Cortival 1/2
Betnovate 1/2 Bbetamethasone (as valerate) 0.05% cream, 15 ga 10 10 5 $25.60 Cortival 1/2
Betnovate 1/5 Bbetamethasone (as valerate) 0.02% cream, 100 gb 2 2 0 $5.98 Cortival 1/5
Betoptic Bbetaxolol 0.5% eye drops, 5 mLa 1 1 5 $4.76 BetoQuin
Bicor Bbisoprolol fumarate 10 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $6.70 APO-Bisoprolol
Beprol 10
Bicard 10
Biso 10
Bisoprolol AN
Bisoprolol Sandoz
Bisoprolol generichealth
Bispro 10
Chem mart Bisoprolol
Terry White Chemists Bisoprolol
Bicor Bbisoprolol fumarate 2.5 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $6.70 APO-Bisoprolol
Beprol 2.5
Bicard 2.5
Biso 2.5
Bisoprolol AN
Bisoprolol Sandoz
Bisoprolol generichealth
Bispro 2.5
Chem mart Bisoprolol
Terry White Chemists Bisoprolol
Bicor Bbisoprolol fumarate 5 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $6.70 APO-Bisoprolol
Beprol 5
Bicard 5
Biso 5
Bisoprolol AN
Bisoprolol Sandoz
Bisoprolol generichealth
Bispro 5
Chem mart Bisoprolol
Terry White Chemists Bisoprolol
Brevinor Bnorethisterone 500 microgram + ethinyloestradiol 35 microgram tablet [21] (&) inert substance tablet [7], 4 x 28a 1 4 2 $9.78 Norimin 28 Day
Brevinor-1 Bnorethisterone 1 mg + ethinyloestradiol 35 microgram tablet [21] (&) inert substance tablet [7], 4 x 28a 1 4 2 $9.78 Norimin-1 28 Day