PBS and RPBS Section 85 Date of Processing and Date of Supply Data

Page last updated: 15 September 2017

These reports contain summarised information on the number of prescriptions, total cost, government and patient contributions to total cost, and the derived pharmacy mark-up for PBS and RPBS Section 85 prescriptions supplied in Australia. From 1 January 2016, the data also includes the net amount paid by the patient.

Totals for each of these quantities are provided by PBS item code, patient category, and month. Reports by both date of processing and date of supply are provided. Please see the explanatory notes for details on the differences between these.

These reports are updated each month, once new data is available.

This information is provided by the Department of Health to facilitate health policy research and analysis. Published work which reproduces this data in whole or part, including in aggregated form, should cite the Department of Health as the source. An appropriate citation is:

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Section 85 Supply Data, Australian Government Department of Health, www.pbs.gov.au

An appropriate citation for derivative works is:

Analysis based on Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Section 85 Supply Data, Australian Government Department of Health, www.pbs.gov.au


While due care was taken in producing these reports, the Department of Health provides no warranty regarding the accuracy or fitness for purpose of the data and accepts no responsibility for analysis undertaken by users. Users are expected to perform their own due diligence to ensure that they are correctly interpreting the data.

The Department of Health does not necessarily endorse any particular use of this data, or any conclusions drawn from such use.

Downloadable Files

Since the 1st of July 2012 the Date of Processing report and the Date of Supply report include data on under co-payment prescriptions.  For details see the Explanatory Notes and Important Information below.

Date of Processing Report

  • Current Financial Year —this report is updated monthly to add an additional month.
    • 2017-18 (CSV 2.4 MB) - updated September 2017 to include August 2017 data

Date of Supply Report

  • This report is updated monthly.
    • July 2012 - May 2017 - (CSV 61 MB) - updated September 2017

Item Code to Drug Mapping File

  • This file provides generic drug names associated with each item code in the reports.
    • PBS item drug map (CSV 676 KB) - updated September 2017

Explanatory Notes

New users of these datasets should first download and read the explanatory notes. These include definitions of the fields in each report, as well as information to assist in correctly interpreting the data.

Important Information

  • Historical date of supply data is updated each month as more claims from previous periods are processed. As such, numbers in this report are never final. Recent months will be less complete than older months. For this reason, this report should not be used to analyse the recent trends.

  • Pharmacy mark-up is a theoretical amount calculated using the formula specified in the Community Pharmacy Agreement. This is not equal to the pharmacy’s retail margin, which includes various fees, and also depends on the actual price charged to pharmacies by suppliers (which can be lower than the approved ex-manufacturer price).

  • These reports exclude supplies under Section 100 special arrangements (such as Highly Specialised Drugs and Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy programs).

  • From 1 July 2012 the data includes PBS/RPBS under co-payment data.

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