6 trends in PBS prescribing

Major changes in prescribing patterns are revealed in PBS figures for 2015 released this week.

The PBS report covers more than 211 million prescriptions subsidised at a cost of $9 billion, which account for 21% of the $43.3 billion spent by the Federal Department of Health (by way of comparison, Medicare accounts for 47% of federal health spending).

Some of the highlights include:

  1. Adalimumab (Humira) took over from esomeprazole as the most expensive drug for the PBS, costing $330 million (an average of around $1780 for each of the 185,000 prescriptions).
  2. The gout drug