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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
  • BBrand premium applies
  • aBrand equivalent a
  • MPMedical Practitioner
  • MWMidwife
  • NPNurse Practitioner
  • SO
    Products that are in a Supply Only state will be available for dispensing, but not for prescribing. PBS Prescriptions written prior to the Supply Only period are able to be dispensed using either the Supply Only product where available, or an equivalent product as specified on the PBS schedule.
    Supply Only
Premium priced brand Form & strength Max qty
packs
Max qty
units
No. of
repeats
Brand premium Benchmark priced brands
Zanidip Blercanidipine hydrochloride 10 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $3.26 BTC Lercanidipine
Lercadip
Lercan
Lercanidipine APOTEX
Lercanidipine Sandoz
Zircol 10
Zanidip Blercanidipine hydrochloride 20 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $3.33 BTC Lercanidipine
Lercadip
Lercan
Lercanidipine APOTEX
Lercanidipine Sandoz
Zircol 20
Zantac Branitidine 150 mg effervescent tablet, 30a 2 60 5 $1.16
Zantac Branitidine 300 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $1.56 APO-Ranitidine
Ausran
Rani 2
Ranitidine Sandoz
Zantac Branitidine 150 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 5 $1.56 APO-Ranitidine
Ausran
Rani 2
Ranitidine AN
Ranitidine Sandoz
Zedace Bcaptopril 50 mg tablet, 90a 1 90 5 $3.94 Capoten
Captopril Sandoz
Zedace Bcaptopril 25 mg tablet, 90a 1 90 5 $3.88 Capoten
Captopril Sandoz
Zeffix Blamivudine 100 mg tablet, 28a 2 56 5 $1.20 Zetlam
Zestril Blisinopril 5 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $4.58 APO-Lisinopril
Auro-Lisinopril 5
Fibsol 5
Lisinopril AN
Lisinopril Sandoz
Lisinopril generichealth
Zinopril 5
Zestril Blisinopril 10 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $4.65 APO-Lisinopril
Auro-Lisinopril 10
Fibsol 10
Lisinopril AN
Lisinopril Sandoz
Lisinopril generichealth
Zinopril 10
Zestril Blisinopril 20 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $4.71 APO-Lisinopril
Auro-Lisinopril 20
Fibsol 20
Lisinopril AN
Lisinopril Sandoz
Lisinopril generichealth
Zinopril 20
Zocor Bsimvastatin 40 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $7.25 APO-Simvastatin
Lipex 40
Simvar 40
Simvastatin AN
Simvastatin Sandoz
Simvastatin generichealth
Zimstat
Zocor Bsimvastatin 20 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $7.20 APO-Simvastatin
Lipex 20
Simvar 20
Simvastatin AN
Simvastatin Sandoz
Simvastatin generichealth
Zimstat
Zocor Bsimvastatin 10 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $5.00 APO-Simvastatin
Lipex 10
Ransim
Simvar 10
Simvastatin AN
Simvastatin Sandoz
Simvastatin generichealth
Zimstat
Zofran Zydis Bondansetron 8 mg wafer, 10a 1 10 1 $2.45
Zofran Zydis Bondansetron 4 mg wafer, 4a 1 4 0 $2.28
Zofran Zydis Bondansetron 8 mg wafer, 4a 1 4 0 $2.28
Zofran Zydis Bondansetron 4 mg wafer, 10a 1 10 1 $2.45
Zoloft Bsertraline 50 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $5.51 APO-Sertraline
Auro-Sertraline 50
Eleva 50
NOUMED SERTRALINE
Sertra 50
Sertraline AN
Sertraline Sandoz
Sertraline generichealth
Setrona
Zoloft Bsertraline 100 mg tablet, 30a 1 30 5 $5.51 APO-Sertraline
Auro-Sertraline 100
Eleva 100
NOUMED SERTRALINE
Sertra 100
Sertraline AN
Sertraline Sandoz
Sertraline generichealth
Setrona
Zomig Bzolmitriptan 2.5 mg tablet, 2a 2 4 5 $2.76 APO-Zolmitriptan
Zoltrip
Zoton FasTabs Blansoprazole 30 mg orally disintegrating tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $4.79 APO-Lansoprazole ODT
Lansoprazole ODT GH
Zopral ODT
Zoton FasTabs Blansoprazole 15 mg orally disintegrating tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $4.62 APO-Lansoprazole ODT
Lansoprazole ODT GH
Zopral ODT
Zyloprim Ballopurinol 100 mg tablet, 200a 1 200 2 $3.40 Allopurinol APOTEX
Allopurinol Sandoz
Allosig
NOUMED ALLOPURINOL
Progout 100
Zyloprim Ballopurinol 300 mg tablet, 60a 1 60 2 $3.32 Allopurinol APOTEX
Allopurinol Sandoz
Allosig
NOUMED ALLOPURINOL
Progout 300
Zyprexa Bolanzapine 2.5 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $2.79 APO-Olanzapine
Olanzapine AN
Olanzapine APOTEX
Olanzapine RBX
Olanzapine Sandoz
Olanzapine-DRLA
Ozin 2.5
PRYZEX
Zypine
Zyprexa Bolanzapine 7.5 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $3.00 APO-Olanzapine
Olanzapine AN
Olanzapine APOTEX
Olanzapine RBX
Olanzapine Sandoz
Olanzapine-DRLA
Ozin 7.5
PRYZEX
Zypine
Zyprexa Bolanzapine 10 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $3.00 APO-Olanzapine
Olanzapine AN
Olanzapine APOTEX
Olanzapine RBX
Olanzapine Sandoz
Olanzapine-DRLA
Ozin 10
PRYZEX
Zypine
Zyprexa Bolanzapine 5 mg tablet, 28a 1 28 5 $2.97 APO-Olanzapine
Olanzapine AN
Olanzapine APOTEX
Olanzapine RBX
Olanzapine Sandoz
Olanzapine-DRLA
Ozin 5
PRYZEX
Zypine
Zyprexa Zydis Bolanzapine 20 mg wafer, 28a 1 28 5 $3.00 Zypine ODT
Zyprexa Zydis Bolanzapine 15 mg wafer, 28a 1 28 5 $3.00 Zypine ODT
Zyprexa Zydis Bolanzapine 5 mg wafer, 28a 1 28 5 $2.97 Zypine ODT
Zyprexa Zydis Bolanzapine 10 mg wafer, 28a 1 28 5 $3.00 Zypine ODT