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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
  • NPNurse Practitioner
Premium priced brand Form & strength Max qty
packs
Max qty
units
No. of
repeats
Brand premium Benchmark priced brands
Salazopyrin-EN Bsulfasalazine 500 mg enteric tablet, 100a 2 200 5 $4.00 Pyralin EN
Septrin Forte Btrimethoprim 160 mg + sulfamethoxazole 800 mg tablet, 10a 1 10 1 $4.16 Resprim Forte
Septrin Forte Btrimethoprim 160 mg + sulfamethoxazole 800 mg tablet, 10a 3 30 2 $12.48 Resprim Forte
Serepax Boxazepam 30 mg tablet, 25a 1 25 0 $2.20 APO-Oxazepam
Alepam 30
Murelax
Serepax Boxazepam 30 mg tablet, 25a 2 50 5 $4.40 APO-Oxazepam
Alepam 30
Murelax
Seretide MDI 125/25 Bfluticasone propionate 125 microgram/actuation + salmeterol 25 microgram/actuation inhalation, 120 actuationsa 1 1 5 $4.00 Fluticasone + Salmeterol Cipla 125/25
Pavtide
SalplusF Inhaler 125/25
Seroflo 125/25
Seretide MDI 250/25 Bfluticasone propionate 250 microgram/actuation + salmeterol 25 microgram/actuation inhalation, 120 actuationsa 1 1 5 $4.00 Fluticasone + Salmeterol Cipla 250/25
Pavtide
SalplusF Inhaler 250/25
Seroflo 250/25
Seroquel Bquetiapine 300 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $5.00 APO-Quetiapine
Kaptan
Pharmacor Quetiapine 300
Quetia 300
Quetiapine AN
Quetiapine APOTEX
Quetiapine Actavis 300
Quetiapine GH 300
Quetiapine RBX
Quetiapine Sandoz
Quetiapine Sandoz Pharma
Quetiapine-DRLA
Syquet
Seroquel Bquetiapine 100 mg tablet, 90a 1 90 5 $4.99 APO-Quetiapine
Kaptan
Pharmacor Quetiapine 100
Quetia 100
Quetiapine AN
Quetiapine APOTEX
Quetiapine Actavis 100
Quetiapine GH 100
Quetiapine RBX
Quetiapine Sandoz
Quetiapine Sandoz Pharma
Quetiapine-DRLA
Syquet
Seroquel Bquetiapine 25 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 0 $5.00 APO-Quetiapine
Kaptan
Pharmacor Quetiapine 25
Quetia 25
Quetiapine AN
Quetiapine APOTEX
Quetiapine GH 25
Quetiapine RBX
Quetiapine Sandoz
Quetiapine Sandoz Pharma
Quetiapine-DRLA
Syquet
Seroquel Bquetiapine 200 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $5.00 APO-Quetiapine
Kaptan
Pharmacor Quetiapine 200
Quetia 200
Quetiapine AN
Quetiapine APOTEX
Quetiapine Actavis 200
Quetiapine GH 200
Quetiapine RBX
Quetiapine Sandoz
Quetiapine Sandoz Pharma
Quetiapine-DRLA
Syquet
Seroquel XR Bquetiapine 200 mg modified release tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $2.15 APO-Quetiapine XR
APX-Quetiapine XR
QUEPINE XR
QUETIAPINE-AS XR
Quetia XR
Tevatiapine XR
Seroquel XR Bquetiapine 50 mg modified release tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $5.16 APO-Quetiapine XR
APX-Quetiapine XR
QUEPINE XR
QUETIAPINE-AS XR
Quetia XR
Tevatiapine XR
Seroquel XR Bquetiapine 300 mg modified release tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $2.15 APO-Quetiapine XR
APX-Quetiapine XR
QUEPINE XR
QUETIAPINE-AS XR
Quetia XR
Tevatiapine XR
Seroquel XR Bquetiapine 400 mg modified release tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $2.15 APO-Quetiapine XR
APX-Quetiapine XR
QUEPINE XR
QUETIAPINE-AS XR
Quetia XR
Tevatiapine XR
Seroquel XR Bquetiapine 150 mg modified release tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $10.75 APX-Quetiapine XR
QUEPINE XR
Quetia XR
Tevatiapine XR
Sigmacort Bhydrocortisone acetate 1% ointment, 50 ga 1 1 1 $2.19 Cortic-DS 1%
Sigmacort Bhydrocortisone acetate 1% cream, 50 ga 1 1 1 $2.19 Cortic-DS 1%
Sinemet Blevodopa 250 mg + carbidopa 25 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 5 $5.76 APO-Levodopa/Carbidopa
SINADOPA 250/25
Sinemet 100/25 Blevodopa 100 mg + carbidopa 25 mg tablet, 100a 1 100 5 $5.75 APO-Levodopa/Carbidopa
Kinson
SINADOPA 100/25
Sofradex Bframycetin sulfate 0.5% + gramicidin 0.005% + dexamethasone 0.05% ear drops, 8 mLa 1 1 2 $2.24 Otodex
Sotacor Bsotalol hydrochloride 80 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $4.14 APO-Sotalol
Cardol
Solavert
Sotalol Sandoz
Sotacor Bsotalol hydrochloride 160 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $4.33 APO-Sotalol
Cardol
Solavert
Sotalol Sandoz
Stemetil Bprochlorperazine maleate 5 mg tablet, 25a 1 25 0 $2.79 APO-Prochlorperazine
ProCalm
Prochlorperazine AN
Prochlorperazine GH
Stemzine