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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
  • bBrand equivalent b
  • 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
Maxamox Bamoxycillin 1 g tablet, 14a 1 14 1 $1.08 Amoxycillin Sandoz
Maxolon Bmetoclopramide hydrochloride 10 mg tablet, 25a 1 25 0 $1.91 APO-Metoclopramide
EMEXLON
Metoclopramide AN
Metoclopramide RBX
Pramin
Mayne Pharma Doxycycline Bdoxycycline 100 mg modified release capsule, 21a 1 21 0 $3.21 Doryx
Mayne Pharma Doxycycline Bdoxycycline 50 mg modified release capsule, 25a 1 25 5 $2.59 Doryx
Mayne Pharma Doxycycline Bdoxycycline 100 mg modified release capsule, 7a 1 7 1 $1.54 Doryx
Mayne Pharma Doxycycline Bdoxycycline 100 mg modified release capsule, 7a 4 28 5 $6.16 Doryx
Micardis Btelmisartan 80 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $2.69 APO-Telmisartan
Chem mart Telmisartan
Mizart
Pharmacor Telmisartan 80
Telmisartan AN
Telmisartan GH
Telmisartan Sandoz
Telmisartan-DRLA
Teltartan
Terry White Chemists Telmisartan
Micardis Btelmisartan 40 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $2.69 APO-Telmisartan
Chem mart Telmisartan
Mizart
Pharmacor Telmisartan 40
Telmisartan AN
Telmisartan GH
Telmisartan Sandoz
Telmisartan-DRLA
Teltartan
Terry White Chemists Telmisartan
Micardis Plus 40/12.5 mg Btelmisartan 40 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $2.69 APO-Telmisartan HCTZ 40/12.5
Mizart HCT 40/12.5 mg
Pritor Plus 40/12.5 mg
Telmisartan HCT GH 40/12.5
Telmisartan HCTZ AN 40/12.5
Telmisartan/HCT Sandoz
Teltartan HCT 40/12.5
Micardis Plus 80/12.5 mg Btelmisartan 80 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $2.69 APO-Telmisartan HCTZ 80/12.5
Mizart HCT 80/12.5 mg
Pritor Plus 80/12.5 mg
Telmisartan HCT GH 80/12.5
Telmisartan HCTZ AN 80/12.5
Telmisartan/HCT Sandoz
Teltartan HCT 80/12.5
Micardis Plus 80/25 mg Btelmisartan 80 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $2.69 APO-Telmisartan HCTZ 80/25
Mizart HCT 80/25 mg
Pritor Plus 80/25 mg
Telmisartan HCT GH 80/25
Telmisartan HCTZ AN 80/25
Telmisartan/HCT Sandoz
Teltartan HCT 80/25
Microgynon 30 ED Blevonorgestrel 150 microgram + ethinyloestradiol 30 microgram tablet [21] (&) inert substance tablet [7], 4 x 28b 1 4 2 $10.15 Eleanor 150/30 ED
Evelyn 150/30 ED
Femme-Tab ED 30/150
Lenest 30 ED
Levlen ED
Micronelle 30 ED
Minidiab Bglipizide 5 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 5 $8.50 Melizide
Minomycin-50 Bminocycline 50 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $1.65 Akamin 50
Mobic Bmeloxicam 15 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 3 $2.50 APO-Meloxicam
Chem mart Meloxicam 15 mg
Meloxiauro 15
Meloxibell
Meloxicam AN
Meloxicam Ranbaxy
Meloxicam Sandoz
Meloxicam-GA
Movalis 15
Moxicam 15
Pharmacor Meloxicam 15
Terry White Chemists Meloxicam 15 mg
Mobic Bmeloxicam 15 mg capsule, 30a 1 30 3 $2.50 APO-Meloxicam
Chem mart Meloxicam
Meloxicam Sandoz
Movalis 15
Moxicam
Terry White Chemists Meloxicam
Mobic Bmeloxicam 7.5 mg capsule, 30a 1 30 3 $2.50 APO-Meloxicam
Chem mart Meloxicam
Meloxicam Sandoz
Movalis 7.5
Moxicam
Terry White Chemists Meloxicam
Mobic Bmeloxicam 7.5 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 3 $2.50 APO-Meloxicam
Chem mart Meloxicam 7.5 mg
Meloxiauro 7.5
Meloxibell
Meloxicam AN
Meloxicam Ranbaxy
Meloxicam Sandoz
Meloxicam-GA
Movalis 7.5
Moxicam 7.5
Pharmacor Meloxicam 7.5
Terry White Chemists Meloxicam 7.5 mg
Mogadon Bnitrazepam 5 mg tablet, 25a 1 25 0 $1.24 Alodorm
Mogadon Bnitrazepam 5 mg tablet, 25a 2 50 5 $2.48 Alodorm
Monodur 60 mg Bisosorbide mononitrate 60 mg modified release tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.48 Chem mart Isosorbide Mononitrate
Duride
GenRx Isosorbide Mononitrate
Imdur Durule
Isomonit
Isosorbide AN
Terry White Chemists Isosorbide Mononitrate