Safety Net early supply rule

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme - Safety Net early supply rule

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Safety Net plays an important role in keeping medicines affordable. It is an effective way of helping to limit out-of-pocket expenses for people who need a large number of medicines.

Safety Net early supply rule - List of medicines

Pharmaceutical benefits to which the Safety Net early supply rule applies if supplied within 20 days of a previous supply of the same medicine or any brand of an equivalent medicine to the same person under ‘immediate supply’ provisions.

The legal basis for the list of medicines is the National Health (Pharmaceutical benefits – early supply) Instrument 2015 made under subsection 84AAA(2) of the National Health Act 1953.

The purpose of the list below is to provide an easy-to-use compilation of the PBS medicines to which the Safety Net early supply rule applies, including the currently-listed brands of those medicines.This version of the list is not a legal document and, in cases of discrepancy, the National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits - early supply) Instrument will be the source document for specifying which medicines are subject to Safety Net early supply arrangements.

Drug – active ingredient name Drug form and strength Brand name(s) Listed maximum quantity Listed maximum repeats Interval Days
BACLOFEN baclofen 10 mg tablet, 100 Chem mart Baclofen, Clofen 10, GenRx Baclofen, Lioresal 10, Stelax 10, Terry White Chemists Baclofen 100 5 20
baclofen 25 mg tablet, 100 Chem mart Baclofen, Clofen 25, GenRx Baclofen, Lioresal 25, Stelax 25, Terry White Chemists Baclofen 100 5 20
BALSALAZIDE balsalazide sodium 750 mg capsule, 180 Colazide 180 5 20
BENZHEXOL benzhexol hydrochloride 2 mg tablet, 200 Artane 200 2 20
benzhexol hydrochloride 5 mg tablet, 200 Artane 200 1 20
BETAINE betaine 1 g/g powder for oral liquid, 180 g Cystadane 1 5 20
BETAMETHASONE ACETATE + BETAMETHASONE SODIUM PHOSPHATE betamethasone (as sodium phosphate) 2.96 mg/mL + betamethasone (as acetate) 2.71 mg/mL injection, 5 x 1 mL ampoules Celestone Chronodose 5 0 20
BICALUTAMIDE bicalutamide 50 mg tablet, 28 APO-Bicalutamide, Bicalide, Bicalox, Bicalutamide AN, Calutex, Cosamide 50, Cosudex 28 5 20
BIPERIDEN biperiden hydrochloride 2 mg tablet, 100 Akineton 200 2 20
BISOPROLOL bisoprolol fumarate 10 mg tablet, 28 APO-Bisoprolol, Beprol 10, Bicard 10, Bicor, Biso 10, Bisoprolol AN, Bisoprolol Sandoz, Bisoprolol generichealth, Bispro 10, Chem mart Bisoprolol, Terry White Chemists Bisoprolol 28 5 20
bisoprolol fumarate 2.5 mg tablet, 28 APO-Bisoprolol, Beprol 2.5, Bicard 2.5, Bicor, Biso 2.5, Bisoprolol AN, Bisoprolol Sandoz, Bisoprolol generichealth, Bispro 2.5, Chem mart Bisoprolol, Terry White Chemists Bisoprolol 28 5 20
bisoprolol fumarate 5 mg tablet, 28 APO-Bisoprolol, Beprol 5, Bicard 5, Bicor, Biso 5, Bisoprolol AN, Bisoprolol Sandoz, Bisoprolol generichealth, Bispro 5, Chem mart Bisoprolol, Terry White Chemists Bisoprolol 28 5 20
BUPROPION bupropion hydrochloride 150 mg modified release tablet, 30 Zyban 30 0 20
bupropion hydrochloride 150 mg modified release tablet, 90 Zyban 90 0 20