COPD treatment: What you need to know about important PBS changes

Major new restrictions for inhaled corticosteroids


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Inappropriate prescribing of some combination therapy respiratory medicines has led to significant changes to PBS recommendations.

Sparked by a recent PBAC review, the changes are designed to bring prescribing practices into line with clinical guidelines, particularly on the treatment and management of moderate to severe COPD.

Effective now, they include new restrictions on inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) use.

Notably, ICS and long-acting B2 adrenergic receptor agonist (LABA) combinations have had their restriction level