New PBS rules for these 7 OTC medications

FROM January 1 next year these seven over-the-counter medicines will have their PBS listing either altered or removed.

The changes mean anyone currently prescribed one of these medicines can no longer have a PBS script written for them and they cannot be purchased at a PBS-subsidised price.

The changes may also affect a patient’s PBS safety net threshold.

The seven medications are:

  • Astrix (aspirin)
  • Spren 100 (aspirin)
  • Panamax (paracetamol in 500mg tablet, 100ml liquid and 200 ml liquid)