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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
  • MPMedical Practitioner
  • NPNurse Practitioner
  • OPOptometrist
Premium priced brand Form & strength Max qty
packs
Max qty
units
No. of
repeats
Brand premium Benchmark priced brands
Lamictal Blamotrigine 200 mg tablet, 56a 1 56 5 $1.49 APO-Lamotrigine
LAMITAN
Lamidus
Lamotrigine AN
Lamotrigine Aspen 200
Lamotrigine GH
Lamotrigine Sandoz
Lamotrigine generichealth
Logem
Reedos 200
Lamictal Blamotrigine 100 mg tablet, 56a 1 56 5 $1.51 APO-Lamotrigine
LAMITAN
Lamidus
Lamotrigine AN
Lamotrigine Aspen 100
Lamotrigine GH
Lamotrigine Sandoz
Lamotrigine generichealth
Logem
Reedos 100
Lamictal Blamotrigine 50 mg tablet, 56a 1 56 5 $1.44 APO-Lamotrigine
LAMITAN
Lamidus
Lamotrigine AN
Lamotrigine Aspen 50
Lamotrigine GH
Lamotrigine Sandoz
Logem
Reedos 50
Lamictal Blamotrigine 25 mg tablet, 56a 1 56 5 $1.61 APO-Lamotrigine
LAMITAN
Lamidus
Lamotrigine AN
Lamotrigine Aspen 25
Lamotrigine GH
Lamotrigine Sandoz
Logem
Reedos 25
Lanoxin Bdigoxin 250 microgram tablet, 100a 1 100 1 $2.56 Sigmaxin
Lanoxin-PG Bdigoxin 62.5 microgram tablet, 200a 1 200 1 $2.56 Sigmaxin-PG
Lasix Bfrusemide 40 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 1 $1.85 APO-Frusemide
Chem mart Frusemide
FUROSEMIDE AN
Frusax
Frusemide RBX
Frusemide Sandoz
Terry White Chemists Frusemide
Uremide
Lasix-M Bfrusemide 20 mg tablet, 50a 2 100 1 $1.46 Urex-M
Levlen ED Blevonorgestrel 150 microgram + ethinyloestradiol 30 microgram tablet [21] (&) inert substance tablet [7], 4 x 28b 1 4 2 $2.49 Eleanor 150/30 ED
Evelyn 150/30 ED
Femme-Tab ED 30/150
Lenest 30 ED
Microgynon 30 ED
Micronelle 30 ED
Lexapro Bescitalopram 10 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $8.49 APO-Escitalopram
Blooms the Chemist Escitalopram
Chem mart Escitalopram
Cilopam-S
Escicor 10
Escitalopram AN
Escitalopram generichealth
Escitalopram-DRLA
Esipram
Esitalo
Lexam 10
LoxaLate
Pharmacor Escitalopram 10
Terry White Chemists Escitalopram
Lexapro Bescitalopram 20 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $8.84 APO-Escitalopram
Blooms the Chemist Escitalopram
Chem mart Escitalopram
Cilopam-S
Escicor 20
Escitalopram AN
Escitalopram generichealth
Escitalopram-DRLA
Esipram
Esitalo
Lexam 20
LoxaLate
Pharmacor Escitalopram 20
Terry White Chemists Escitalopram
Lipex 10 Bsimvastatin 10 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $6.00 APO-Simvastatin
Auro-Simvastatin 10
Chem mart Simvastatin
Ransim
Simvacor 10
Simvar 10
Simvastatin AN
Simvastatin Sandoz
Simvastatin generichealth
Simvastatin-GA 10
Terry White Chemists Simvastatin
Zimstat
Zocor
Lipex 20 Bsimvastatin 20 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $6.00 APO-Simvastatin
Auro-Simvastatin 20
Chem mart Simvastatin
Ransim
Simvacor 20
Simvar 20
Simvastatin AN
Simvastatin Sandoz
Simvastatin generichealth
Simvastatin-GA 20
Terry White Chemists Simvastatin
Zimstat
Zocor
Lipex 40 Bsimvastatin 40 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $6.00 APO-Simvastatin
Auro-Simvastatin 40
Chem mart Simvastatin
Ransim
Simvacor 40
Simvar 40
Simvastatin AN
Simvastatin Sandoz
Simvastatin generichealth
Simvastatin-GA 40
Terry White Chemists Simvastatin
Zimstat
Zocor
Lipex 80 Bsimvastatin 80 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $9.50 APO-Simvastatin
Auro-Simvastatin 80
Chem mart Simvastatin
Ransim
Simvacor 80
Simvar 80
Simvastatin AN
Simvastatin Sandoz
Simvastatin generichealth
Simvastatin-GA 80
Terry White Chemists Simvastatin
Zimstat
Zocor
Liquifilm Tears Bpolyvinyl alcohol 1.4% eye drops, 15 mLa 1 1 5 $1.39 PVA Tears
Lomotil Bdiphenoxylate hydrochloride 2.5 mg + atropine sulfate 25 microgram tablet, 20a 1 20 0 $1.51 Lofenoxal
Lopresor 100 BMETOPROLOL TARTRATE Tablet 100 mg, 60a 1 60 5 $1.80 Metoprolol AN
Metoprolol RBX
Mistrom
Lopresor 50 BMETOPROLOL TARTRATE Tablet 50 mg, 100a 1 100 5 $1.80 Metoprolol AN
Metoprolol RBX
Mistrom
Losec Tablets Bomeprazole 20 mg enteric tablet, 30a 1 30 1 $3.06 Acimax Tablets
Omepral
Omeprazole Sandoz
Luvox Bfluvoxamine maleate 100 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $3.07 APO-Fluvoxamine
Faverin 100
Fluvoxamine AN
Fluvoxamine GA
Movox 100
Voxam
Luvox Bfluvoxamine maleate 50 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $3.08 APO-Fluvoxamine
Faverin 50
Fluvoxamine AN
Fluvoxamine GA
Movox 50
Voxam