Price cuts for 60 common drugs

Patients will pay up to $15 less per packet for 60 common types of drugs after long-awaited reforms to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme kicked in on April 1.

Announcing the changes on Sunday, health minister Tanya Plibersek said the biggest savings would be for patients who used the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin, which would be up to $14.64 cheaper a packet.

Non-concessional patients will also save on a list of other drugs such as:

  • Up to $8.83 for alendronate
  • Up to $8.23 for baclofen
  • Up to $8.25 for ciprofloxacin
  • Up