Medicines on PBS cheaper from 1 October

More than 2000 medicine brands on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) became cheaper on 1 October, some by as much as $20 per script.

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Bulahdelah Pharmacist Manuel Matta said most of the commonly used medicines are covered under the PBS and qualify for the price drop.

“Medications for diabetes, blood pressure, heart medications and epilepsy are the main categories and now have a reduction of about 10–15 percent off the normal price for non-concession card holders,” he said.
“For each prescription, patients could probably save around $5 per month on average.”

Mr Matta told News Of The Area the reduction in the cost of the PBS medicines will not affect patients who are eligible for concessions.

“Concession card holders will continue to pay $6.20 per script for most PBS medicines,” he said.

Minister for Health Sussan Ley said the reductions are the result of the PBS Access and Sustainability Package reforms and will deliver savings for both consumers and taxpayers.

“I encourage consumers to visit the website and be fully informed about the steps the Government is taking to ensure all Australians have access to affordable medications when they need them,” Minister Ley said.

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