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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

New medicines added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Date posted: 28 October 2013

A number of new medicines to treat cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other diseases have been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton says the latest round of PBS changes will see around another 50 new and amended medicines and technologies subsidised. He says around 230,000 people are expected to now receive medicines they might otherwise not have been able to afford.

Mr Dutton says price changes for a number of PBS medicines have also been approved, but he says patients will still only have to pay $5.90 or no more than $36 per prescription.

'There will always be more to do and there are other drugs that are being judged and assessed right now, but these drugs will make a big difference in people's lives,' said Mr Dutton. 'I think it's a great process we've got and it's one of the important institutions in our health system in this country.'

Source: ABC News



Last updated: 28 October 2013
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