Biosimilars on the PBS
Page last updated: 9 August 2023
We encourage health professionals to prescribe biosimilar medicines as they increase competition between brands and help make the PBS more sustainable.
Biosimilar medicines have been assessed to be as safe and effective as the reference brand of biological medicine, so they provide the same health outcomes.
Information about biosimilar medicines can be found on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.
Biosimilar Uptake Drivers
The Australian Government is implementing two specific drivers to encourage the use of biosimilar medicines, which will complement the Biosimilar Awareness Initiative.
Biosimilar Uptake Drivers Questions and Answers (PDF 38KB) - (Word 160KB) – provides information explaining the drivers, why they are being implemented, how decisions are being made about applying the drivers, and the process for implementation.
Fact Sheets can be found on the Department of Health website providing practical information about specific changes to PBS listings, including the application of biosimilar uptake drivers.