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International Harmonisation of Ingredient Names (IHIN) - changes to the PBS Schedule effective
1 August 2023

Page last updated: 1 August 2023

The PBS Schedule has been updated in the 1 August 2023 Schedule to show sole ingredient names for those PBS‑listed medicines for which dual-labelling requirements ceased on 30 April 2023.

As a part of the IHIN reform, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) updated over 200 active ingredient names used in Australia to align with names used internationally. In some cases, the name changes were significant. To allow a transition period for consumers and health professionals to become familiar with the new names, from 1 May 2020 medicine labels were required to display both the old and new ingredient names. For detailed information about the transition to sole ingredient names, please refer to the TGA website.

During the transition period, dual ingredient names were included within the PBS Schedule where applicable. While dual labelling of ingredients of most medicines listed in the PBS Schedule ceased on 1 August 2023, a small set of ingredient names will continue with dual labelling, consistent with TGA advice.

The following table shows the drug names that changed in the PBS Schedule on 1 August 2023:

PBS Schedule drug name from 1 August 2023

 Previous PBS Schedule drug name

aclidinium + formoterol

 aclidinium + formoterol (eformoterol)

beclometasone + formoterol + glycopyrronium

 beclometasone + formoterol (eformoterol) + glycopyrronium

beclometasone + formoterol

 beclometasone + formoterol (eformoterol)

budesonide + glycopyrronium + formoterol

 budesonide + glycopyrronium + formoterol (eformoterol)

budesonide + formoterol

 budesonide + formoterol (eformoterol)

calcitonin salmon

 calcitonin salmon (salcatonin)

fluticasone propionate + formoterol

 fluticasone propionate + formoterol (eformoterol)


 formoterol (eformoterol)


 furosemide (frusemide)


 lidocaine (lignocaine)


 phenobarbital (phenobarbitone)

procaine benzylpenicillin

 procaine benzylpenicillin (procaine penicillin)


 tetracosactide (tetracosactrin)