Scrap PBS authority system: AMA

The call, included as one of a raft of measures in the association’s federal budget submission, comes despite streamlining measures in recent years that have reduced the number of medicines on the authority list from more than 400 to around 100.

A 2009 health department review indicated the streamlining of authority requirements for many of the medicines previously on the list had not impacted on GP prescribing rates, which the AMA has argued is evidence doctors would continue to prescribe in line with PBS guidelines.

“The Department of