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. The Safety Net early supply rule means that for some PBS medicines, a repeat supply of the same medication within less than a specified interval will fall outside the PBS Safety Net

Safety Net early supply rule - List of medicines

The list of medicines comprises pharmaceutical benefits to which the Safety Net early supply rule applies if:

  • supplied within 20 days of a previous supply of a prescription, usually for a month’s supply, of the same medicine or any brand of an equivalent medicine to the same person under ‘immediate supply’ provisions
  • supplied within 50 days of a previous supply of a prescription with a 60-day maximum dispensed quantity (60-day prescription) 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
ABATACEPT abatacept 125 mg/mL injection, 4 x 1 mL syringes Orencia 4 5 20
abatacept 125 mg/mL injection, 4 x 1 mL pen devices Orencia ClickJect 4 5 20
ABEMACICLIB abemaciclib 100 mg tablet, 56 Verzenio 56 5 20
abemaciclib 150 mg tablet, 56 Verzenio 56 5 20
abemaciclib 50 mg tablet, 56 Verzenio 56 5 20
ABIRATERONE abiraterone acetate 500 mg tablet, 60 Zytiga 60 2 20
abiraterone acetate 250 mg tablet, 120 Zytiga 120 2 20
ACALABRUTINIB acalabrutinib 100 mg tablet, 56 CALQUENCE 56 5 20
acalabrutinib 100 mg tablet, 56 CALQUENCE 56 6 20
ACARBOSE acarbose 100 mg tablet, 90 Acarbose Viatris, GLYBOSAY 180 5 50
acarbose 50 mg tablet, 90 Acarbose Mylan, Acarbose Viatris, GLYBOSAY 180 5 50
ACICLOVIR aciclovir 200 mg tablet, 90 APO-Aciclovir, ARX-ACICLOVIR, Aciclovir APOTEX, Aciclovir GH, Aciclovir Sandoz 90 5 20
ACLIDINIUM aclidinium 322 microgram/actuation inhalation: powder for, 60 actuations Bretaris Genuair 1 5 20
ACLIDINIUM + FORMOTEROL aclidinium 340 microgram/actuation + formoterol fumarate dihydrate 12 microgram/actuation powder for inhalation, 60 actuations Brimica Genuair 1 5 20
ADALIMUMAB adalimumab 40 mg/0.8 mL injection, 2 x 0.8 mL pen devices Amgevita, Hadlima, Hyrimoz, Idacio 2 0 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.8 mL injection, 2 x 0.8 mL pen devices Amgevita, Hadlima, Hyrimoz, Idacio 2 2 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.8 mL injection, 2 x 0.8 mL pen devices Amgevita, Hadlima, Hyrimoz, Idacio 2 5 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.8 mL injection, 2 x 0.8 mL pen devices Amgevita, Hadlima, Hyrimoz, Idacio 4 5 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.8 mL injection, 2 x 0.8 mL pen devices Amgevita, Hadlima, Hyrimoz, Idacio 6 0 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.8 mL injection, 2 x 0.8 mL syringes Amgevita, Hadlima, Hyrimoz, Idacio 2 0 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.8 mL injection, 2 x 0.8 mL syringes Amgevita, Hadlima, Hyrimoz, Idacio 2 2 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.8 mL injection, 2 x 0.8 mL syringes Amgevita, Hadlima, Hyrimoz, Idacio 2 5 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.8 mL injection, 2 x 0.8 mL syringes Amgevita, Hadlima, Hyrimoz, Idacio 6 0 20
adalimumab 20 mg/0.2 mL injection, 2 x 0.2 mL syringes Humira 2 0 20
adalimumab 20 mg/0.2 mL injection, 2 x 0.2 mL syringes Humira 2 3 20
adalimumab 20 mg/0.2 mL injection, 2 x 0.2 mL syringes Humira 2 5 20
adalimumab 80 mg/0.8 mL injection, 0.8 mL pen device Humira 2 5 20
adalimumab 80 mg/0.8 mL injection, 0.8 mL pen device Humira 3 0 20
adalimumab 80 mg/0.8 mL injection, 0.8 mL syringe Humira 2 5 20
adalimumab 80 mg/0.8 mL injection, 0.8 mL syringe Humira 3 0 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.4 mL injection, 2 x 0.4 mL syringes Adalicip, Humira, Yuflyma 2 0 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.4 mL injection, 2 x 0.4 mL syringes Adalicip, Humira, Yuflyma 2 2 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.4 mL injection, 2 x 0.4 mL syringes Adalicip, Humira, Yuflyma 2 5 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.4 mL injection, 2 x 0.4 mL syringes Adalicip, Humira, Yuflyma 6 0 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.4 mL injection, 2 x 0.4 mL pen devices Adalicip, Humira, Yuflyma 2 0 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.4 mL injection, 2 x 0.4 mL pen devices Adalicip, Humira, Yuflyma 2 2 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.4 mL injection, 2 x 0.4 mL pen devices Adalicip, Humira, Yuflyma 2 5 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.4 mL injection, 2 x 0.4 mL pen devices Adalicip, Humira, Yuflyma 4 5 20
adalimumab 40 mg/0.4 mL injection, 2 x 0.4 mL pen devices Adalicip, Humira, Yuflyma 6 0 20
adalimumab 20 mg/0.4 mL injection, 0.4 mL syringe Amgevita 2 0 20
adalimumab 20 mg/0.4 mL injection, 0.4 mL syringe Amgevita 2 3 20
adalimumab 20 mg/0.4 mL injection, 0.4 mL syringe Amgevita 2 5 20
ADAPALENE + BENZOYL PEROXIDE adapalene 0.1% + benzoyl peroxide 2.5% gel, 30 g Epiduo 2 3 50
ALENDRONATE alendronate 70 mg tablet, 4 APO-Alendronate, Alendronate Sandoz, Fonat 4 5 20
alendronate 70 mg tablet, 4 APO-Alendronate, Alendronate Sandoz, Fonat 8 5 50
ALENDRONATE + COLECALCIFEROL alendronate 70 mg + colecalciferol 140 microgram (5600 units) tablet, 4 Fosamax Plus 70 mg/140 mcg 4 5 20
alendronate 70 mg + colecalciferol 140 microgram (5600 units) tablet, 4 Fosamax Plus 70 mg/140 mcg 8 5 50
alendronate 70 mg + colecalciferol 70 microgram (2800 units) tablet, 4 Fosamax Plus 4 5 20
alendronate 70 mg + colecalciferol 70 microgram (2800 units) tablet, 4 Fosamax Plus 8 5 50
ALIROCUMAB alirocumab 150 mg/mL injection, 2 x 1 mL pen devices Praluent 2 5 20
alirocumab 75 mg/mL injection, 2 x 1 mL pen devices Praluent 2 5 20
ALLOPURINOL allopurinol 100 mg tablet, 200 Allopurinol APOTEX, Allopurinol Sandoz, Allosig, NOUMED ALLOPURINOL, Progout 100, Zyloprim 200 2 20
allopurinol 100 mg tablet, 200 Allopurinol APOTEX, Allopurinol Sandoz, Allosig, NOUMED ALLOPURINOL, Progout 100, Zyloprim 400 2 50
allopurinol 300 mg tablet, 60 Allopurinol APOTEX, Allopurinol Sandoz, Allosig, NOUMED ALLOPURINOL, Progout 300, Zyloprim 60 2 20
allopurinol 300 mg tablet, 60 Allopurinol APOTEX, Allopurinol Sandoz, Allosig, NOUMED ALLOPURINOL, Progout 300, Zyloprim 120 2 50
ALOGLIPTIN alogliptin 6.25 mg tablet, 28 Nesina 28 5 20
alogliptin 6.25 mg tablet, 28 Nesina 56 5 50
alogliptin 12.5 mg tablet, 28 Nesina 28 5 20
alogliptin 12.5 mg tablet, 28 Nesina 56 5 50
alogliptin 25 mg tablet, 28 Nesina 28 5 20
alogliptin 25 mg tablet, 28 Nesina 56 5 50
ALOGLIPTIN + METFORMIN alogliptin 12.5 mg + metformin hydrochloride 500 mg tablet, 56 Nesina Met 12.5/500 56 5 20
alogliptin 12.5 mg + metformin hydrochloride 500 mg tablet, 56 Nesina Met 12.5/500 112 5 50
alogliptin 12.5 mg + metformin hydrochloride 850 mg tablet, 56 Nesina Met 12.5/850 56 5 20
alogliptin 12.5 mg + metformin hydrochloride 850 mg tablet, 56 Nesina Met 12.5/850 112 5 50
alogliptin 12.5 mg + metformin hydrochloride 1 g tablet, 56 Nesina Met 12.5/1000 56 5 20
alogliptin 12.5 mg + metformin hydrochloride 1 g tablet, 56 Nesina Met 12.5/1000 112 5 50
AMANTADINE amantadine hydrochloride 100 mg capsule, 100 AMANTAMED, Symmetrel 100 100 5 20
AMIFAMPRIDINE amifampridine 10 mg tablet, 100 Ruzurgi 200 5 20
AMILORIDE + HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE amiloride hydrochloride dihydrate 5 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 50 mg tablet, 50 Moduretic 100 1 20
amiloride hydrochloride dihydrate 5 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 50 mg tablet, 50 Moduretic 200 1 50
AMLODIPINE amlodipine 5 mg tablet, 30 APO-Amlodipine, APX-AMLODIPINE, Amlo 5, Amlodipine APOTEX, Amlodipine GH, Amlodipine Sandoz, BTC Amlodipine, Blooms Amlodipine, Blooms the Chemist Amlodipine, NOUMED AMLODIPINE, Nordip, Norvasc, Pharmacor Amlodipine 30 5 20
amlodipine 5 mg tablet, 30 APO-Amlodipine, APX-AMLODIPINE, Amlo 5, Amlodipine APOTEX, Amlodipine GH, Amlodipine Sandoz, BTC Amlodipine, Blooms Amlodipine, Blooms the Chemist Amlodipine, NOUMED AMLODIPINE, Nordip, Norvasc, Pharmacor Amlodipine 60 5 50
amlodipine 10 mg tablet, 30 APO-Amlodipine, Amlo 10, Amlodipine APOTEX, Amlodipine GH, Amlodipine Sandoz, BTC Amlodipine, Blooms Amlodipine, Blooms the Chemist Amlodipine, NOUMED AMLODIPINE, Nordip, Norvasc, Pharmacor Amlodipine 30 5 20
amlodipine 10 mg tablet, 30 APO-Amlodipine, Amlo 10, Amlodipine APOTEX, Amlodipine GH, Amlodipine Sandoz, BTC Amlodipine, Blooms Amlodipine, Blooms the Chemist Amlodipine, NOUMED AMLODIPINE, Nordip, Norvasc, Pharmacor Amlodipine 60 5 50
AMLODIPINE + ATORVASTATIN amlodipine 10 mg + atorvastatin 10 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 10/10, Caduet 10/10 30 5 20
amlodipine 10 mg + atorvastatin 10 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 10/10, Caduet 10/10 60 5 50
amlodipine 10 mg + atorvastatin 20 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 10/20, Caduet 10/20 30 5 20
amlodipine 10 mg + atorvastatin 20 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 10/20, Caduet 10/20 60 5 50
amlodipine 10 mg + atorvastatin 40 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 10/40, Caduet 10/40 30 5 20
amlodipine 10 mg + atorvastatin 40 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 10/40, Caduet 10/40 60 5 50
amlodipine 10 mg + atorvastatin 80 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 10/80, Caduet 10/80 30 5 20
amlodipine 10 mg + atorvastatin 80 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 10/80, Caduet 10/80 60 5 50
amlodipine 5 mg + atorvastatin 10 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 5/10 30 5 20
amlodipine 5 mg + atorvastatin 10 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 5/10 60 5 50
amlodipine 5 mg + atorvastatin 20 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 5/20 30 5 20
amlodipine 5 mg + atorvastatin 20 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 5/20 60 5 50
amlodipine 5 mg + atorvastatin 40 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 5/40, Caduet 5/40 30 5 20
amlodipine 5 mg + atorvastatin 40 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 5/40, Caduet 5/40 60 5 50
amlodipine 5 mg + atorvastatin 80 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 5/80, Caduet 5/80 30 5 20
amlodipine 5 mg + atorvastatin 80 mg tablet, 30 Cadivast 5/80, Caduet 5/80 60 5 50
AMLODIPINE + VALSARTAN amlodipine 5 mg + valsartan 320 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan Novartis 5/320, Exforge 5/320 28 5 20
amlodipine 5 mg + valsartan 320 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan Novartis 5/320, Exforge 5/320 56 5 50
amlodipine 5 mg + valsartan 80 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan Novartis 5/80, Exforge 5/80 28 5 20
amlodipine 5 mg + valsartan 80 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan Novartis 5/80, Exforge 5/80 56 5 50
amlodipine 10 mg + valsartan 160 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan Novartis 10/160, Exforge 10/160 28 5 20
amlodipine 10 mg + valsartan 160 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan Novartis 10/160, Exforge 10/160 56 5 50
amlodipine 10 mg + valsartan 320 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan Novartis 10/320, Exforge 10/320 28 5 20
amlodipine 10 mg + valsartan 320 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan Novartis 10/320, Exforge 10/320 56 5 50
amlodipine 5 mg + valsartan 160 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan Novartis 5/160, Exforge 5/160 28 5 20
amlodipine 5 mg + valsartan 160 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan Novartis 5/160, Exforge 5/160 56 5 50
AMLODIPINE + VALSARTAN + HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE amlodipine 10 mg + valsartan 160 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan/HCT Novartis 10/160/12.5, Exforge HCT 10/160/12.5 28 5 20
amlodipine 10 mg + valsartan 160 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan/HCT Novartis 10/160/12.5, Exforge HCT 10/160/12.5 56 5 50
amlodipine 10 mg + valsartan 160 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan/HCT Novartis 10/160/25, Exforge HCT 10/160/25 28 5 20
amlodipine 10 mg + valsartan 160 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan/HCT Novartis 10/160/25, Exforge HCT 10/160/25 56 5 50
amlodipine 10 mg + valsartan 320 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan/HCT Novartis 10/320/25, Exforge HCT 10/320/25 28 5 20
amlodipine 10 mg + valsartan 320 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan/HCT Novartis 10/320/25, Exforge HCT 10/320/25 56 5 50
amlodipine 5 mg + valsartan 160 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan/HCT Novartis 5/160/12.5, Exforge HCT 5/160/12.5 28 5 20
amlodipine 5 mg + valsartan 160 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan/HCT Novartis 5/160/12.5, Exforge HCT 5/160/12.5 56 5 50
amlodipine 5 mg + valsartan 160 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan/HCT Novartis 5/160/25, Exforge HCT 5/160/25 28 5 20
amlodipine 5 mg + valsartan 160 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg tablet, 28 Amlodipine/Valsartan/HCT Novartis 5/160/25, Exforge HCT 5/160/25 56 5 50
ANASTROZOLE anastrozole 1 mg tablet, 30 APO-Anastrozole, Anastrozole GH, Anastrozole Sandoz, Arianna 1 30 5 20
anastrozole 1 mg tablet, 30 APO-Anastrozole, Anastrozole GH, Anastrozole Sandoz, Arianna 1 60 5 50
APALUTAMIDE apalutamide 60 mg tablet, 120 Erlyand 120 5 20
APIXABAN apixaban 2.5 mg tablet, 60 Eliquis 60 0 20
apixaban 2.5 mg tablet, 60 Eliquis 60 5 20
apixaban 2.5 mg tablet, 60 Eliquis 120 5 50
apixaban 5 mg tablet, 28 Eliquis 28 0 20
apixaban 5 mg tablet, 60 Eliquis 60 5 20
apixaban 5 mg tablet, 60 Eliquis 120 5 50
ARMODAFINIL armodafinil 50 mg tablet, 30 Nuvigil 60 5 20
armodafinil 150 mg tablet, 30 Nuvigil 30 5 20
armodafinil 250 mg tablet, 30 Nuvigil 30 5 20
ASCIMINIB asciminib 20 mg tablet, 60 Scemblix 60 5 20
asciminib 40 mg tablet, 60 Scemblix 60 5 20
asciminib 40 mg tablet, 60 Scemblix 300 5 20
ASPIRIN aspirin 100 mg tablet, 112 Spren 100 112 1 20
ATAZANAVIR + COBICISTAT atazanavir 300 mg + cobicistat 150 mg tablet, 30 Evotaz 60 5 20
ATENOLOL atenolol 50 mg tablet, 30 APO-Atenolol, APX-Atenolol, Atenolol GH, Atenolol Sandoz, Blooms The Chemist Atenolol, Noten, Tenormin, Tensig 30 5 20
atenolol 50 mg tablet, 30 APO-Atenolol, APX-Atenolol, Atenolol GH, Atenolol Sandoz, Blooms The Chemist Atenolol, Noten, Tenormin, Tensig 60 5 50
atenolol 50 mg/10 mL oral liquid, 300 mL Atenolol-AFT 1 5 20
atenolol 50 mg/10 mL oral liquid, 300 mL Atenolol-AFT 2 5 50
ATOMOXETINE atomoxetine 10 mg capsule, 28 APO-Atomoxetine, Atomoxetine Sandoz 56 5 20
atomoxetine 100 mg capsule, 28 APO-Atomoxetine, Atomoxetine Sandoz 28 5 20
atomoxetine 18 mg capsule, 28 APO-Atomoxetine, Atomoxetine Sandoz 56 5 20
atomoxetine 25 mg capsule, 28 APO-Atomoxetine, Atomoxetine Sandoz 56 5 20
atomoxetine 40 mg capsule, 28 APO-Atomoxetine, Atomoxetine Sandoz 56 5 20
atomoxetine 60 mg capsule, 28 APO-Atomoxetine, Atomoxetine Sandoz 56 5 20
atomoxetine 80 mg capsule, 28 APO-Atomoxetine, Atomoxetine Sandoz 28 5 20
ATORVASTATIN atorvastatin 10 mg tablet, 30 APO-Atorvastatin, Atorvachol, Atorvastatin SZ, BTC Atorvastatin, Blooms the Chemist Atorvastatin, Lipitor, Lorstat 10, NOUMED ATORVASTATIN, Pharmacor Atorvastatin, Trovas 30 5 20
atorvastatin 10 mg tablet, 30 APO-Atorvastatin, Atorvachol, Atorvastatin SZ, BTC Atorvastatin, Blooms the Chemist Atorvastatin, Lipitor, Lorstat 10, NOUMED ATORVASTATIN, Pharmacor Atorvastatin, Trovas 60 5 50
atorvastatin 20 mg tablet, 30 APO-Atorvastatin, Atorvachol, Atorvastatin SZ, BTC Atorvastatin, Blooms the Chemist Atorvastatin, Lipitor, Lorstat 20, NOUMED ATORVASTATIN, Pharmacor Atorvastatin, Trovas 30 5 20
atorvastatin 20 mg tablet, 30 APO-Atorvastatin, Atorvachol, Atorvastatin SZ, BTC Atorvastatin, Blooms the Chemist Atorvastatin, Lipitor, Lorstat 20, NOUMED ATORVASTATIN, Pharmacor Atorvastatin, Trovas 60 5 50
atorvastatin 40 mg tablet, 30 APO-Atorvastatin, Atorvachol, Atorvastatin SZ, BTC Atorvastatin, Blooms the Chemist Atorvastatin, Lipitor, Lorstat 40, NOUMED ATORVASTATIN, Pharmacor Atorvastatin, Trovas 30 5 20
atorvastatin 40 mg tablet, 30 APO-Atorvastatin, Atorvachol, Atorvastatin SZ, BTC Atorvastatin, Blooms the Chemist Atorvastatin, Lipitor, Lorstat 40, NOUMED ATORVASTATIN, Pharmacor Atorvastatin, Trovas 60 5 50
atorvastatin 80 mg tablet, 30 APO-Atorvastatin, Atorvachol, Atorvastatin GH, Atorvastatin SZ, BTC Atorvastatin, Blooms the Chemist Atorvastatin, Lipitor, Lorstat 80, NOUMED ATORVASTATIN, Pharmacor Atorvastatin, Trovas 30 5 20
atorvastatin 80 mg tablet, 30 APO-Atorvastatin, Atorvachol, Atorvastatin GH, Atorvastatin SZ, BTC Atorvastatin, Blooms the Chemist Atorvastatin, Lipitor, Lorstat 80, NOUMED ATORVASTATIN, Pharmacor Atorvastatin, Trovas 60 5 50
AURANOFIN auranofin 3 mg capsule, 60 Ridaura 60 5 20
auranofin 3 mg tablet, 60 Ridaura 60 5 20
AZACITIDINE azacitidine 200 mg tablet, 7 Onureg 14 2 20
azacitidine 300 mg tablet, 7 Onureg 14 2 20
azacitidine 300 mg tablet, 7 Onureg 21 1 20
AZATHIOPRINE azathioprine 25 mg tablet, 100 APO-Azathioprine, Azathioprine Sandoz, Imuran, NOUMED AZATHIOPRINE 100 5 20
azathioprine 50 mg tablet, 100 APO-Azathioprine, Azapin, Azathioprine Sandoz, Imazan, Imuran, NOUMED AZATHIOPRINE, Thioprine 50 100 5 20