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Non-PBS Prescriptions

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Some items listed under the PBS may only be prescribed for a specific purpose or indication. The prescriber is legally obliged to ensure items are appropriately prescribed.

Where the patient’s clinical condition does not match the restriction a non-PBS prescription can be written using a PBS prescription form. However, you must:

  • cross out the PBS/RPBS boxes
  • write “Non-PBS” on the prescription
  • tear up duplicates.

This also applies when prescribing a medicine that is not listed on the PBS.

example of writing a prescription on a medicine that is not listed on the PBS

Medicare Australia has developed a range of resources including a basic guide to writing a PBS prescription, non-PBS prescription notes and prescription shopping program information sheet. These are all included in your package.

Image of PBS prescription

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Last updated: 9 February, 2012