Diabetes drug prescribing not within PBS rules

Thousands of patients are being prescribed diabetes drugs in ways that flout PBS restrictions, a government report has found.

The analysis of PBS prescriptions from July 2011 to September 2016 by the PBS Drug Utilisation Sub-Committee (DUSC) found 3000 patients were taking a flozin medication, 8000 were on a gliptin and 1200 patients were on exenatide.

The committee said the use of the drugs as monotherapy only was a “concern” as their use fell outside of PBS restrictions. 

They noted that patients on dialysis with diabetes may be using the monotherapies because

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