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
VALACICLOVIR valaciclovir 500 mg tablet, 30 APO-Valaciclovir, Chem mart Valaciclovir, Shilova 500, Terry White Chemists Valaciclovir, Vaclovir, Valaciclovir AN, Valaciclovir Actavis, Valaciclovir RBX, Valaciclovir SZ, Valaciclovir Sandoz, Valaciclovir generichealth, Valacor 500, Valtrex, Zelitrex 30 5 20
VALPROATE valproate sodium 200 mg enteric tablet, 100 Epilim EC, Sodium Valproate Sandoz, Valprease 200, Valpro 200, Valproate Winthrop EC 200 200 2 20
valproate sodium 500 mg enteric tablet, 100 Epilim EC, Sodium Valproate Sandoz, Valprease 500, Valpro 500, Valproate Winthrop EC 500 200 2 20
VALSARTAN valsartan 160 mg tablet, 28 APO-Valsartan, Dilart, Diovan 28 5 20
valsartan 320 mg tablet, 28 APO-Valsartan, Dilart, Diovan 28 5 20
valsartan 80 mg tablet, 28 APO-Valsartan, Dilart, Diovan 28 5 20
VALSARTAN + HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE valsartan 160 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 28 APO-Valsartan HCTZ 160/12.5, Co-Diovan 160/12.5, Dilart HCT 160/12.5 28 5 20
valsartan 160 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablet, 28 APO-Valsartan HCTZ 160/25, Co-Diovan 160/25, Dilart HCT 160/25 28 5 20
valsartan 320 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 28 APO-Valsartan HCTZ 320/12.5, Co-Diovan 320/12.5, Dilart HCT 320/12.5 28 5 20
valsartan 320 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablet, 28 APO-Valsartan HCTZ 320/25, Co-Diovan 320/25, Dilart HCT 320/25 28 5 20
valsartan 80 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 28 APO-Valsartan HCTZ 80/12.5, Co-Diovan 80/12.5, Dilart HCT 80/12.5 28 5 20
VARENICLINE varenicline 1 mg tablet, 56 Champix 56 2 20
varenicline 1 mg tablet, 56 Champix 112 0 20
varenicline 500 microgram tablet [11 tablets] (&) varenicline 1 mg tablet [42 tablets], 53 Champix 1 0 20
VENLAFAXINE venlafaxine 150 mg modified release capsule, 28 APO-Venlafaxine XR, Blooms the Chemist Venlafaxine XR, Chem mart Venlafaxine XR, Efexor-XR, Elaxine SR 150, Enlafax-XR, Terry White Chemists Venlafaxine XR, Venla RBX, Venlafaxine AN SR, Venlafaxine Sandoz XR, Venlafaxine generichealth XR 28 5 20
venlafaxine 75 mg modified release capsule, 28 APO-Venlafaxine XR, Blooms the Chemist Venlafaxine XR, Chem mart Venlafaxine XR, Efexor-XR, Elaxine SR 75, Enlafax-XR, Terry White Chemists Venlafaxine XR, Venlafaxine AN SR, Venlafaxine Sandoz XR, Venlafaxine generichealth XR 28 5 20
VERAPAMIL verapamil hydrochloride 160 mg modified release capsule, 30 Veracaps SR 30 5 20
verapamil hydrochloride 180 mg modified release tablet, 30 Cordilox 180 SR, Isoptin 180 SR 30 5 20
verapamil hydrochloride 240 mg modified release capsule, 30 Veracaps SR 30 5 20
verapamil hydrochloride 240 mg modified release tablet, 30 Cordilox SR, Isoptin SR 30 5 20
verapamil hydrochloride 40 mg tablet, 100 Anpec 40 100 5 20
verapamil hydrochloride 80 mg tablet, 100 Anpec 80, Isoptin 100 5 20
VIGABATRIN vigabatrin 500 mg powder for oral liquid, 60 sachets Sabril 60 5 20
vigabatrin 500 mg tablet, 100 Sabril 100 5 20
VILDAGLIPTIN vildagliptin 50 mg tablet, 60 Galvus 60 5 20
VILDAGLIPTIN + METFORMIN vildagliptin 50 mg + metformin hydrochloride 1 g tablet, 60 Galvumet 50/1000 60 5 20
vildagliptin 50 mg + metformin hydrochloride 500 mg tablet, 60 Galvumet 50/500 60 5 20
vildagliptin 50 mg + metformin hydrochloride 850 mg tablet, 60 Galvumet 50/850 60 5 20