Increased PBS co-payment to place pressure on pharmacy

An increased co-payment for PBS-listed medicines announced in the 2014-2015 Federal Budget will place higher pressure on pharmacists to monitor their customers to ensure they are compliant with their medicines regimen, pharmacy experts say.

The budget contains an outline of changes to the PBS, including an increase in PBS co-payments of $5 for general patients, and 80c for concessional patients.

In his first budget