PPIs targeted with new prescribing restrictions

Higher-strength drugs will need streamlined authority approval

Subsidised scripts for higher-strength PPIs will require streamlined authority approval from this month.

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The restrictions are part of the PBAC’s ongoing attempt to discourage the use of higher doses of the common drugs.

About 95% of PPIs are prescribed at high or very high doses even though they are associated with an increased risk of morbidity, the PBAC says.

It has introduced a streamlined authority requirement for esomeprazole 20mg, lansoprazole 30mg, omeprazole 20mg, pantoprazole 40mg and rabeprazole 20mg.