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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Continued Dispensing Arrangements

Page last updated: 5 November 2021

The Australian Government has extended the Continued Dispensing emergency arrangements until 30 June 2022, when they will be replaced by expanded ongoing continued dispensing arrangements.

The extension will help people affected by COVID-19 to receive their usual Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation PBS medicines from a community pharmacy without a script.

The temporary emergency continued dispensing arrangements assists people with a variety of ongoing medical conditions, including asthma, lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, and mental illness.

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