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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
  • DPDentist
  • MPMedical Practitioner
  • NPNurse Practitioner
Premium priced brand Form & strength Max qty
packs
Max qty
units
No. of
repeats
Brand premium Benchmark priced brands
Panadeine Forte BCODEINE PHOSPHATE with PARACETAMOL Tablet 30 mg-500 mg, 20a 1 20 0 $2.10 APO- Paracetamol/Codeine 500/30
Codalgin Forte
Codapane Forte
Comfarol Forte
Paracetamol/Codeine GH 500/30
Prodeine Forte
Panadeine Forte BCODEINE PHOSPHATE with PARACETAMOL Tablet 30 mg-500 mg, 20a 3 60 0 $6.30 APO- Paracetamol/Codeine 500/30
Codalgin Forte
Codapane Forte
Comfarol Forte
Paracetamol/Codeine GH 500/30
Prodeine Forte
Panafcort Bprednisone 1 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 4 $1.00 Predsone
Panafcortelone Bprednisolone 1 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 4 $1.00 Predsolone
Pariet Brabeprazole sodium 10 mg enteric tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $5.01 APO-Rabeprazole
Parbezol
Parzol 10
Rabeprazole AN
Rabeprazole Sandoz
Rabeprazole generichealth
Rabeprazole-DRLA
Razit 10
Pariet Brabeprazole sodium 20 mg enteric tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $5.01 APO-Rabeprazole
Chem mart Rabeprazole
Parbezol
Parzol 20
Rabeprazole AN
Rabeprazole Actavis 20
Rabeprazole SUN
Rabeprazole Sandoz
Rabeprazole generichealth
Rabeprazole-DRLA
Razit 20
Terry White Chemists Rabeprazole
Zabep
Perindo Combi 4/1.25 Bperindopril erbumine 4 mg + indapamide hemihydrate 1.25 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.94 Chem mart Perindopril/ Indapamide 4/1.25
GenRx Perindopril/ Indapamide 4/1.25
Idaprex Combi 4/1.25
Indosyl Combi 4/1.25
Perindopril Combi Actavis 4/1.25
Perindopril and Indapamide AN 4/1.25
Perindopril and Indapamide CH 4/1.25
Perindopril/ Indapamide GH 4/1.25
Terry White Chemists Perindopril/ Indapamide 4/1.25
Plendil ER Bfelodipine 5 mg modified release tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.09 Felodil XR 5
Felodur ER 5 mg
Fendex ER
Plendil ER Bfelodipine 10 mg modified release tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.09 Felodil XR 10
Felodur ER 10 mg
Fendex ER
Plendil ER Bfelodipine 2.5 mg modified release tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.08 Felodur ER 2.5 mg
Fendex ER
Pravachol Bpravastatin sodium 20 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.96 APO-Pravastatin
Auro-Pravastatin 20
Chem mart Pravastatin
Cholstat 20
Cholvastin
Lipostat 20
Pravastatin AN
Pravastatin Sandoz
Pravastatin generichealth
Terry White Chemists Pravastatin
Pravachol Bpravastatin sodium 40 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $3.01 APO-Pravastatin
Auro-Pravastatin 40
Chem mart Pravastatin
Cholstat 40
Cholvastin
Lipostat 40
Pravastatin AN
Pravastatin Sandoz
Pravastatin generichealth
Terry White Chemists Pravastatin
Pravachol Bpravastatin sodium 80 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $3.01 APO-Pravastatin
Auro-Pravastatin 80
Chem mart Pravastatin
Lipostat 80
Pravastatin AN
Pravastatin Sandoz
Pravastatin generichealth
Terry White Chemists Pravastatin
Pravachol Bpravastatin sodium 10 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.94 APO-Pravastatin
Auro-Pravastatin 10
Chem mart Pravastatin
Cholstat 10
Lipostat 10
Pravastatin AN
Pravastatin Sandoz
Pravastatin generichealth
Terry White Chemists Pravastatin
Provera Bmedroxyprogesterone acetate 5 mg tablet, 56a 1 56 2 $6.70 Ralovera
Provera Bmedroxyprogesterone acetate 10 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 2 $6.70 Ralovera
Provera Bmedroxyprogesterone acetate 10 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 2 $6.70 Ralovera
Prozac 20 Bfluoxetine 20 mg capsule, 28a 1 28 5 $1.18 APO-Fluoxetine
Auscap Aspen
Blooms the Chemist Fluoxetine
Chem mart Fluoxetine
FLUOTEX
Fluoxetine AN
Fluoxetine Sandoz
Fluoxetine generichealth
Fluoxetine-GA
GenRx Fluoxetine
Lovan
Terry White Chemists Fluoxetine
Zactin
Prozac Tab Bfluoxetine 20 mg dispersible tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $1.18 Lovan 20 Tab
Zactin Tablet