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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
Premium priced brand Form & strength Max qty
packs
Max qty
units
No. of
repeats
Brand premium Benchmark priced brands
Dalacin C Bclindamycin 150 mg capsule, 24a 1 24 0 $8.60 APO-Clindamycin
Calindamin
Chem mart Clindamycin
Cleocin
Clindamycin BNM
Clindamycin-Link
Clindamyk
Terry White Chemists Clindamycin
Dalacin C Bclindamycin 150 mg capsule, 24a 2 48 1 $17.20 APO-Clindamycin
Calindamin
Chem mart Clindamycin
Cleocin
Clindamycin BNM
Clindamycin-Link
Clindamyk
Terry White Chemists Clindamycin
Depo-Medrol Bmethylprednisolone acetate 40 mg/mL injection, 5 x 1 mL vialsa 1 5 0 $3.00 Depo-Nisolone
Depo-Provera Bmedroxyprogesterone acetate 150 mg/mL injection, 1 mL viala 1 1 1 $7.00 Depo-Ralovera
Deralin 10 Bpropranolol hydrochloride 10 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 5 $2.99 APO-Propranolol
Inderal
Deralin 40 Bpropranolol hydrochloride 40 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 5 $2.99 APO-Propranolol
Inderal
Diabex Bmetformin hydrochloride 500 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 5 $4.95 APO-Metformin 500
Chem mart Metformin
Diaformin
FORMET 500
Formet Aspen 500
Glucobete 500
Metformin 500
Metformin AN
Metformin Ranbaxy
Metformin Sandoz
Metformin generichealth
Metformin-GA
Terry White Chemists Metformin
Diabex 1000 Bmetformin hydrochloride 1 g tablet, 90a 1 90 5 $4.95 APO-Metformin 1000
Chem mart Metformin 1000
Diaformin 1000
Formet 1000
Glucobete 1000
Metformin AN
Metformin Ranbaxy 1000
Metformin Sandoz
Metformin generichealth 1000
Metformin-GA
Pharmacor Metformin 1000
Terry White Chemists Metformin 1000
Diabex 850 Bmetformin hydrochloride 850 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $4.95 APO-Metformin 850
Chem mart Metformin
Diaformin 850
FORMET 850
Formet Aspen 850
Glucobete 850
Metformin 850
Metformin AN
Metformin Sandoz
Metformin-GA
Terry White Chemists Metformin
Diabex XR Bmetformin hydrochloride 500 mg modified release tablet, 120a 1 120 5 $4.95 APO-Metformin XR 500
Blooms the Chemist Metformin XR 500
Chem mart Metformin XR 500
Diaformin XR
Metex XR
Metformin XR 500 APOTEX
Terry White Chemists Metformin XR 500
Diabex XR 1000 Bmetformin hydrochloride 1 g modified release tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $4.95 APO-Metformin XR 1000
Blooms the Chemist Metformin XR 1000
Chem mart Metformin XR 1000
Diaformin XR 1000
METEX XR 1000
Terry White Chemists Metformin XR 1000
Diamicron 60mg MR Bgliclazide 60 mg modified release tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $4.95 ARDIX GLICLAZIDE 60mg MR
Diflucan Bfluconazole 50 mg capsule, 28a 1 28 5 $3.52 Dizole 50
Fluconazole Sandoz
Ozole
Diprosone Bbetamethasone (as dipropionate) 0.05% ointment, 15 ga 1 1 1 $2.45 Eleuphrat
Diprosone Bbetamethasone (as dipropionate) 0.05% ointment, 15 ga 2 2 5 $4.90 Eleuphrat
Diprosone Bbetamethasone (as dipropionate) 0.05% ointment, 15 ga 4 4 5 $9.80 Eleuphrat
Diprosone Bbetamethasone (as dipropionate) 0.05% ointment, 15 ga 6 6 5 $14.70 Eleuphrat
Diprosone Bbetamethasone (as dipropionate) 0.05% ointment, 15 ga 8 8 5 $19.60 Eleuphrat
Diprosone Bbetamethasone (as dipropionate) 0.05% ointment, 15 ga 10 10 5 $24.50 Eleuphrat
Diprosone Bbetamethasone (as dipropionate) 0.05% cream, 15 ga 1 1 1 $2.45 Eleuphrat
Diprosone Bbetamethasone (as dipropionate) 0.05% cream, 15 ga 2 2 5 $4.90 Eleuphrat
Diprosone Bbetamethasone (as dipropionate) 0.05% cream, 15 ga 4 4 5 $9.80 Eleuphrat
Diprosone Bbetamethasone (as dipropionate) 0.05% cream, 15 ga 6 6 5 $14.70 Eleuphrat
Diprosone Bbetamethasone (as dipropionate) 0.05% cream, 15 ga 8 8 5 $19.60 Eleuphrat
Diprosone Bbetamethasone (as dipropionate) 0.05% cream, 15 ga 10 10 5 $24.50 Eleuphrat
Doryx Bdoxycycline 100 mg modified release capsule, 21a 1 21 0 $9.00 Mayne Pharma Doxycycline
Doryx Bdoxycycline 50 mg modified release capsule, 25a 1 25 5 $5.01 Mayne Pharma Doxycycline
Doryx Bdoxycycline 100 mg modified release capsule, 7a 1 7 1 $2.96 Mayne Pharma Doxycycline
Doryx Bdoxycycline 100 mg modified release capsule, 7a 4 28 5 $11.84 Mayne Pharma Doxycycline
Dronalen Plus Balendronate 70 mg + colecalciferol 140 microgram tablet, 4a 1 4 5 $2.94 APO-Alendronate Plus D3 70 mg/140 mcg
Alendronate Plus D3 Sandoz
Alendronate plus D3-DRLA
Chem mart Alendronate Plus D3 70 mg/140 mcg
FonatPlus
Fosamax Plus 70 mg/140 mcg
Terry White Chemists Alendronate Plus D3 70 mg/140 mcg
Dulcolax Bbisacodyl 10 mg suppository, 10a 3 3 5 $1.29 Petrus Bisacodyl Suppositories