Terminally ill denied PBS funding for pain-relief drugs, says RACGP

'By the time people are dying many don’t have the ability to pay for medicine' says Professor Mark Morgan

GP palliative care patients are being forced to pay privately for commonly-used pain relief medications because of restrictions on the PBS, the RACGP says.

It is repeating previous calls it made back in 2017 for the PBAC to recommend the listing of six medicines currently being used in hospitals for the care of the terminally ill.

The medicines are:

  • Clonazepam liquid (oral drops) 2.5mg/ml 10ml bottle.
  • Clonazepam injection 1mg/ml box of 5 ampoules.
  • Fentanyl citrate injection 100mcg/2ml