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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 Services Australia 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
  • DPDentist
  • MPMedical Practitioner
  • MWMidwife
  • NPNurse Practitioner
  • OPOptometrist
Premium priced brand Form & strength Max qty
packs
Max qty
units
No. of
repeats
Brand premium Benchmark priced brands
Accupril Bquinapril 10 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $4.07 ACQUIN
APO-Quinapril
Qpril 10
Accupril Bquinapril 20 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $4.20 ACQUIN
APO-Quinapril
Qpril 20
Quinapril generichealth
Accupril Bquinapril 5 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $4.05 ACQUIN
Qpril 5
Aldactone Bspironolactone 100 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 5 $7.50 Spiractin 100
Spironolactone Viatris 100
Aldactone Bspironolactone 25 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 5 $7.50 Spiractin 25
Spironolactone Viatris 25
Aldara Bimiquimod 5% cream, 12 x 250 mg sachetsa 1 1 1 $3.30 APO-Imiquimod
Aldiq
Aldara Pump Bimiquimod 5% cream, 2 x 2 ga 1 1 1 $8.35
Allegron Bnortriptyline 10 mg tablet, 50a 1 50 2 $0.50 NortriTABS 10 mg
Allegron Bnortriptyline 25 mg tablet, 50a 1 50 2 $1.00 NortriTABS 25 mg
Alphagan Bbrimonidine tartrate 0.2% eye drops, 5 mLa 1 1 5 $1.42 Enidin
Alprim Btrimethoprim 300 mg tablet, 7a 1 7 1 $2.76 Trimethoprim Mylan
Triprim
Alprim Btrimethoprim 300 mg tablet, 7a 2 14 2 $5.52 Trimethoprim Mylan
Triprim
Alprim Btrimethoprim 300 mg tablet, 7a 4 28 0 $11.04 Trimethoprim Mylan
Triprim
Amaryl Bglimepiride 1 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.08 Aylide 1
Glimepiride APOTEX
Glimepiride Sandoz
Amaryl Bglimepiride 2 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.03 Aylide 2
Glimepiride APOTEX
Glimepiride Sandoz
Amaryl Bglimepiride 3 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.03 Aylide 3
Glimepiride APOTEX
Glimepiride Sandoz
Amaryl Bglimepiride 4 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.03 Aylide 4
Glimepiride APOTEX
Glimepiride Sandoz
Amoxil Bamoxicillin 250 mg capsule, 20a 1 20 0 $4.68 AMILOXYN
APO-Amoxycillin
Alphamox 250
Cilamox
Amoxil Bamoxicillin 250 mg capsule, 20a 2 40 0 $9.36 AMILOXYN
APO-Amoxycillin
Alphamox 250
Cilamox
Amoxil Bamoxicillin 500 mg capsule, 20a 1 20 0 $4.67 AMILOXYN
APO-Amoxycillin
Alphamox 500
Amoxycillin Sandoz
Amoxycillin generichealth 500
Cilamox
NOUMED AMOXICILLIN
Amoxil Bamoxicillin 500 mg capsule, 20a 2 40 0 $9.34 AMILOXYN
APO-Amoxycillin
Alphamox 500
Amoxycillin Sandoz
Amoxycillin generichealth 500
Cilamox
NOUMED AMOXICILLIN
Amoxil Bamoxicillin 125 mg/5 mL powder for oral liquid, 100 mLa 1 1 1 $4.55 APO-Amoxycillin
NOUMED AMOXICILLIN
Amoxil Forte Bamoxicillin 250 mg/5 mL powder for oral liquid, 100 mLa 1 1 1 $4.32 APO-Amoxycillin
Amoxycillin Sandoz
Cilamox
NOUMED AMOXICILLIN
Anafranil 25 Bclomipramine hydrochloride 25 mg tablet, 50a 1 50 2 $4.41 APO-Clomipramine
Placil
Anaprox 550 Bnaproxen sodium 550 mg tablet, 50a 1 50 3 $1.87 Crysanal
Androcur Bcyproterone acetate 50 mg tablet, 50a 2 100 5 $2.28 ANTERONE 50
APO-Cyproterone
Cyprone 50
Cyproterone Sandoz
GenRx Cyproterone Acetate
Pharmacor Cyproterone 50
Androcur-100 Bcyproterone acetate 100 mg tablet, 50a 1 50 5 $1.41 ANTERONE 100
APO-Cyproterone
Cyprone 100
Cyproterone Sandoz
GenRx Cyproterone Acetate
Pharmacor Cyproterone 100
Antenex 2 Bdiazepam 2 mg tablet, 50a 1 50 0 $2.78 APO-Diazepam
APX-Diazepam
Valpam 2
Aricept Bdonepezil hydrochloride 10 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $7.15 APO-Donepezil
Arazil
Aridon 10
Aridon APN 10
Donepezil GH
Donepezil Sandoz
Donepezil-DRLA
NOUMED DONEPEZIL
Aricept Bdonepezil hydrochloride 5 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $2.92 APO-Donepezil
Arazil
Aridon 5
Aridon APN 5
Donepezil GH
Donepezil Sandoz
Donepezil-DRLA
NOUMED DONEPEZIL
Arimidex Banastrozole 1 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $4.05 APO-Anastrozole
Anastrol
Anastrozole FBM
Anastrozole GH
Anastrozole Sandoz
Arianna 1
Aristocort 0.02% Btriamcinolone acetonide 0.02% cream, 100 ga 2 2 0 $3.28 Tricortone
Aristocort 0.02% Btriamcinolone acetonide 0.02% ointment, 100 ga 2 2 0 $3.28 Tricortone
Aromasin Bexemestane 25 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $3.28 APO-Exemestane
Exemestane GH
Exemestane Sandoz
Aropax Bparoxetine 20 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.43 APO-Paroxetine
APX-Paroxetine
Extine 20
Paroxetine AN
Paroxetine GH
Paroxetine Sandoz
Paxtine
Asmol CFC-Free with dose counter Bsalbutamol 100 microgram/actuation inhalation, 200 actuationsa 2 2 5 $4.08 Ventolin CFC-Free with dose counter
Zempreon CFC-Free with dose counter
Atacand Bcandesartan cilexetil 16 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $13.35 APO-Candesartan
Adesan
Blooms the Chemist Candesartan
CANDESAN
Candesartan Sandoz
NOUMED CANDESARTAN
Atacand Bcandesartan cilexetil 32 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $11.50 APO-Candesartan
Adesan
Blooms the Chemist Candesartan
CANDESAN
Candesartan Sandoz
NOUMED CANDESARTAN
Atacand Bcandesartan cilexetil 4 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $13.25 APO-Candesartan
Adesan
Blooms the Chemist Candesartan
CANDESAN
Candesartan Sandoz
NOUMED CANDESARTAN
Atacand Bcandesartan cilexetil 8 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $13.25 APO-Candesartan
Adesan
Blooms the Chemist Candesartan
CANDESAN
Candesartan Sandoz
NOUMED CANDESARTAN
Atacand Plus 16/12.5 Bcandesartan cilexetil 16 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $12.98 APO-Candesartan HCTZ 16/12.5
Adesan HCT 16/12.5
Blooms the Chemist Candesartan HCTZ 16/12.5
CANDESAN COMBI 16/12.5
Candesartan/HCT Sandoz
NOUMED CANDESARTAN/HCT
Atacand Plus 32/12.5 Bcandesartan cilexetil 32 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $11.07 APO-Candesartan HCTZ 32/12.5
Adesan HCT 32/12.5
Blooms the Chemist Candesartan HCTZ 32/12.5
CANDESAN COMBI 32/12.5
Candesartan/HCT Sandoz
NOUMED CANDESARTAN/HCT
Atacand Plus 32/25 Bcandesartan cilexetil 32 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $10.78 APO-Candesartan HCTZ 32/25
Adesan HCT 32/25
Blooms the Chemist Candesartan HCTZ 32/25
CANDESAN COMBI 32/25
Candesartan/HCT Sandoz
NOUMED CANDESARTAN/HCT
Atozet Bezetimibe 10 mg + atorvastatin 10 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $3.00 Ezetast
Ezetimibe/Atorvastatin GH 10/10
Atozet Bezetimibe 10 mg + atorvastatin 20 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $3.00 Ezetast
Ezetimibe/Atorvastatin GH 10/20
Atozet Bezetimibe 10 mg + atorvastatin 40 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $3.00 Ezetast
Ezetimibe/Atorvastatin GH 10/40
Atozet Bezetimibe 10 mg + atorvastatin 80 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.95 Ezetast
Ezetimibe/Atorvastatin GH 10/80
Atrovent Bipratropium bromide 250 microgram/mL inhalation solution, 30 x 1 mL ampoulesa 2 2 5 $0.50 APO-Ipratropium
Aeron 250
Ipratrin
Atrovent Adult Bipratropium bromide 500 microgram/mL inhalation solution, 30 x 1 mL ampoulesa 2 2 5 $0.50 APO-Ipratropium
Aeron 500
Ipratrin Adult
Augmentin Duo Bamoxicillin 500 mg + clavulanic acid 125 mg tablet, 10a 1 10 0 $5.41 AMCLAVOX DUO 500/125
APO-AMOXY/CLAV 500/125
APO-Amoxycillin/ Clavulanic Acid 500/125
APX-Amoxicillin/Clavulanic Acid
AlphaClav Duo
Amoxycillin/Clavulanic Acid 500/125 APOTEX
Amoxyclav AN 500/125
Curam Duo 500/125
Augmentin Duo Bamoxicillin 500 mg + clavulanic acid 125 mg tablet, 10a 2 20 0 $10.82 AMCLAVOX DUO 500/125
APO-AMOXY/CLAV 500/125
APO-Amoxycillin/ Clavulanic Acid 500/125
APX-Amoxicillin/Clavulanic Acid
AlphaClav Duo
Amoxycillin/Clavulanic Acid 500/125 APOTEX
Amoxyclav AN 500/125
Curam Duo 500/125
Augmentin Duo 400 Bamoxicillin 400 mg/5 mL + clavulanic acid 57 mg/5 mL powder for oral liquid, 60 mLa 1 1 0 $5.26 Curam Duo
Augmentin Duo forte Bamoxicillin 875 mg + clavulanic acid 125 mg tablet, 10a 1 10 0 $6.78 AMCLAVOX DUO FORTE 875/125
APO-AMOXY/CLAV 875/125
APO-Amoxycillin and Clavulanic Acid
APX-Amoxicillin/Clavulanic Acid
AlphaClav Duo Forte
AmoxyClav generichealth 875/125
Amoxyclav AN 875/125
Curam Duo Forte 875/125
Augmentin Duo forte Bamoxicillin 875 mg + clavulanic acid 125 mg tablet, 10a 2 20 0 $13.56 AMCLAVOX DUO FORTE 875/125
APO-AMOXY/CLAV 875/125
APO-Amoxycillin and Clavulanic Acid
APX-Amoxicillin/Clavulanic Acid
AlphaClav Duo Forte
AmoxyClav generichealth 875/125
Amoxyclav AN 875/125
Curam Duo Forte 875/125
Aurorix Bmoclobemide 150 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $2.58 APO-Moclobemide
Amira 150
Clobemix
Moclobemide AN
Moclobemide Sandoz
Aurorix 300 mg Bmoclobemide 300 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $2.58 APO-Moclobemide
Amira 300
Clobemix
Moclobemide AN
Moclobemide Sandoz
Avanza Bmirtazapine 30 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $5.86 APO-Mirtazapine
APX-Mirtazapine
Axit 30
MIRTANZA
Mirtazapine Sandoz
Mirtazon
NOUMED MIRTAZAPINE
Avapro Birbesartan 150 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.47 APO-Irbesartan
AVSARTAN
Abisart 150
Blooms the Chemist Irbesartan
Irbesartan GH
Irbesartan Sandoz
Karvea
Avapro Birbesartan 300 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.51 APO-Irbesartan
AVSARTAN
Abisart 300
Blooms the Chemist Irbesartan
Irbesartan AN
Irbesartan GH
Irbesartan Sandoz
Karvea
Avapro Birbesartan 75 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.46 APO-Irbesartan
AVSARTAN
Abisart 75
Blooms the Chemist Irbesartan
Irbesartan AMNEAL
Irbesartan AN
Irbesartan GH
Irbesartan Sandoz
Karvea
Avapro HCT 150/12.5 Birbesartan 150 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.47 APO-Irbesartan HCTZ
AVSARTAN HCT 150/12.5
Abisart HCTZ 150/12.5
Blooms the Chemist Irbesartan HCTZ 150/12.5
Irbesartan/HCT Sandoz
Karvezide 150/12.5
Avapro HCT 300/12.5 Birbesartan 300 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.51 APO-Irbesartan HCTZ
AVSARTAN HCT 300/12.5
Abisart HCTZ 300/12.5
Blooms the Chemist Irbesartan HCTZ 300/12.5
Irbesartan/HCT Sandoz
Karvezide 300/12.5
Avapro HCT 300/25 Birbesartan 300 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $2.53 APO-Irbesartan HCTZ
AVSARTAN HCT 300/25
Abisart HCTZ 300/25
Blooms the Chemist Irbesartan HCTZ 300/25
Irbesartan/HCT Sandoz
Karvezide 300/25
Avodart Bdutasteride 500 microgram capsule, 30a 1 30 5 $7.00 APO-Dutasteride
Azilect Brasagiline 1 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $3.58 Alziras
Pharmacor Rasagiline
Rasagiline Sandoz
Rasagiline-Teva
Rasazil
Azopt Bbrinzolamide 1% eye drops, 5 mLa 1 1 5 $4.78 BrinzoQuin