Your Local Pharmacist is

Jay Koovarjee

 92 Pitt St
Sydney NSW 2000
ph: (02) 9221 0091
fax: (02) 8880-8326

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Many medicines cost much more than the price you pay-some cost hundreds of dollars. The Australian Government pays most of it through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Scheme- PBS/RPS.

If you or your family need a lot of medicine in the calendar year, the PBS Safety Net helps you with the cost of your medicine. Once you or your family reach a safety net threshold, you can apply for a PBS Safety Net card- your PBS medicine will be less expensive for general patients and free for concession card holders for the rest of the calendar year.

If you choose a more expensive brand of medicine, or if your doctor prescribes one, the extra amount you pay won’t count towards your PBS safety net.

How do I keep a record of my PBS medicine?

You may keep a record of your PBS medicine on a Prescription Record Form which you can get from your pharmacy however if you choose to get all your medicine from your one pharmacy a record is kept for you and will inform you when you have reached the threshold. If you visit a different pharmacy you can ask for a safety net sticker which you can return to your local pharmacy to add to your records.

PBS Safety Net thresholds from January 1 2008 are:

  • General patients $1141.80 - Once reached price of medicine goes from $31.30 to $5.00
  • Concession Card holders $290.00 (or 58 prescriptions) - Once reached price of medicine goes from $5.00 to free

What if I choose a more expensive brand of medicine?

If you choose a more expensive brand of medicine the extra amount is still payable after reaching safety net.

Your doctor might give you a prescription that isn’t available on the PBS or isn’t available for your specific condition- sometimes called a private prescription. You will need to pay full price for this medicine and it does not count towards your PBS safety net.

If you get a PBS medicine within 20 days of a previous supply of the same medicine, the cost may not count towards your safety net threshold. Even if you have reached the Safety Net you may have to pay tour pre safety net amount. 

More information:

For a list of PBS medicine types covered by the 20 day rule you can visit Department of Health and Ageing .

Ask Your Pharmacist about:

  • Registering for the PBS Safety Net
  • Keeping track of your PBS medicines for you

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