Call for urgent revamp to PBS rules on antiepileptics

Outdated restrictions are leaving doctors in a 'legal and ethical dilemma', two experts warn

Two leading Australian seizure experts are calling on the Department of Health to urgently revise outdated prescribing restrictions on two antiepileptic medications.

Epilepsy drugs

Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia, Professors Christian Gericke and Terence O’Brien say the current situation is putting patients at risk and leaving doctors in “a legal and ethical dilemma”.

The key issue is the current PBS restrictions on two effective epilepsy drugs, levetiracetam and lamotrigine, say Professor Gericke, clinical director of