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.

Safety Net early supply rule - List of medicines

Pharmaceutical benefits to which the Safety Net early supply rule applies if supplied within 20 days of a previous supply 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
NAFARELIN nafarelin 200 microgram/actuation nasal spray, 60 actuations Synarel 1 5 20
NAPROXEN naproxen 750 mg modified release tablet, 28 Naprosyn SR750, Proxen SR 750 28 0 20
naproxen 750 mg modified release tablet, 28 Naprosyn SR750, Proxen SR 750 28 3 20
naproxen 1 g modified release tablet, 28 Naprosyn SR1000, Proxen SR 1000 28 0 20
naproxen 1 g modified release tablet, 28 Naprosyn SR1000, Proxen SR 1000 28 3 20
NEBIVOLOL nebivolol 1.25 mg tablet, 28 APO-Nebivolol, Nebilet, Nebivolol Sandoz 56 5 20
nebivolol 10 mg tablet, 28 APO-Nebivolol, Nebilet, Nebivolol Sandoz 28 5 20
nebivolol 5 mg tablet, 28 APO-Nebivolol, Nebilet, Nebivolol Sandoz 28 5 20
NICORANDIL nicorandil 10 mg tablet, 60 APO-Nicorandil, Ikorel, Ikotab 1 5 20
nicorandil 20 mg tablet, 60 APO-Nicorandil, Ikorel, Ikotab 1 5 20
NIFEDIPINE nifedipine 30 mg modified release tablet, 30 APO-Nifedipine XR, Addos XR 30, Adefin XL 30 30 5 20
nifedipine 60 mg modified release tablet, 30 APO-Nifedipine XR, Addos XR 60, Adefin XL 60 30 5 20
nifedipine 20 mg tablet, 60 Adefin 20 60 5 20
nifedipine 10 mg tablet, 60 Adefin 10 60 5 20
NILOTINIB nilotinib 200 mg capsule, 120 Tasigna 120 5 20
nilotinib 150 mg capsule, 120 Tasigna 120 5 20
NILUTAMIDE nilutamide 150 mg tablet, 30 Anandron 30 5 20
NINTEDANIB nintedanib 150 mg capsule, 60 Ofev 60 5 20
nintedanib 100 mg capsule, 60 Ofev 60 5 20
NIZATIDINE nizatidine 300 mg capsule, 30 Nizac, Tacidine, Tazac 30 5 20
nizatidine 150 mg capsule, 60 Nizac, Tacidine, Tazac 60 5 20
NORETHISTERONE norethisterone 350 microgram tablet, 4 x 28 Noriday 28 Day 4 2 20
NORETHISTERONE + ETHINYLESTRADIOL norethisterone 1 mg + ethinylestradiol 35 microgram tablet [21] (&) inert substance tablet [7], 3 x 28 Pirmella 1/35 4 2 20
norethisterone 500 microgram + ethinylestradiol 35 microgram tablet [21] (&) inert substance tablet [7], 4 x 28 Brevinor, Norimin 28 Day 4 2 20
norethisterone 1 mg + ethinylestradiol 35 microgram tablet [21] (&) inert substance tablet [7], 4 x 28 Brevinor-1, Norimin-1 28 Day 4 2 20
NORETHISTERONE + MESTRANOL norethisterone 1 mg + mestranol 50 microgram tablet [21] (&) inert substance tablet [7], 4 x 28 Norinyl-1/28 4 2 20
NORETHISTERONE ACETATE + ESTRADIOL (&) ESTRADIOL estradiol 50 microgram/24 hours patch [4] (&) estradiol 50 microgram/24 hours + norethisterone acetate 140 microgram/24 hours patch [4], 8 Estalis sequi 50/140 1 5 20
estradiol 50 microgram/24 hours patch [4] (&) estradiol 50 microgram/24 hours + norethisterone acetate 250 microgram/24 hours patch [4], 8 Estalis sequi 50/250 1 5 20