GP scripts will look different from next month - what you need to know

Brand names can only be mentioned after the active ingredient except for a few exemptions

GP scripts will have to use the generic names of PBS medications from next month, but handwritten scripts and some drugs with multiple active ingredients will be exempt.

The change introduced by the Federal Government is designed to increase uptake of generic drugs and reduce medication errors.

It will allegedly save $336 million over five years.

Prescribing by brand will still be allowed where clinically necessary the government says, but new legislation has been introduced preventing prescribing software