PBS growth hormone program expanded

The PBS Growth Hormone Program will be expanded to cover patients with hypothalamic-pituitary disease, health minister Peter Dutton has announced.

The changes that came into effect on 1 March are among several amendments introduced to the program, which currently treats almost 1,900 Australian children and adolescents.

The widening will allow growth hormone to be used in patients with hypothalamic-pituitary disease who have biochemical growth hormone deficiency. Higher doses of growth hormone will now be more accessible through the program, for patients where it