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PBS subsidy arrangements for cefalexin SSSI

Page last updated: 1 August 2023

The Department of Health and Aged Care has made amendments to the National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits) (Pharmacist Substitution of Medicines without Prescription during Shortages) Determination 2021. This is following the issuance of the Therapeutic Goods (Serious Scarcity and Substitutable Medicine) (cefalexin) Instrument 2023, which will allow pharmacists to supply different forms of oral cefalexin at equivalent doses for the duration of the shortage provided specified conditions are met. Further information about the substitution is available on the PBS Medicine Shortages page