Why did health officials restrict GLP-1 RA prescribing? Here’s the PBAC review behind the decision

Dr Gary Deed says that striking the right balance between clinical considerations and cost-effectiveness will always be a challenge.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Dr Gary Deed.

What sparked the Department of Health and Aged Care decision to change prescribing rules for type 2 diabetes medications on the PBS?

The 1 June announcement, which was long foreshadowed yet still came as a surprise, means doctors now require telephone or electronic authority when initiating GLP-1 receptor agonists (RAs) for any PBS indication.