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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs. (PBS) is Australia's national program providing subsidised access to essential medicines. HIV antiretroviralsA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV. are included on the PBS under the S100 Highly Specialised Drugs Program. This means that HIV treatments can only be prescribed by appropriately-qualified medical practitioners.

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This fact sheet explains the eligibility requirements for accessing subsidised HIV treatments in Australia under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs., and provides useful information for people who do not qualify.

PM confronted with PBS deferrals

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 1 September 2011

Federal Cabinet decided in February that it would now review all drugs recommended for listing on the PBS[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs.] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs. by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Council.

As a result, a growing number of medications that would otherwise be available to treat people in Australia are currently on hold in Canberra with no timeline for final listing. read more »

NAPWHA joins campaign against PBS deferrals decision

Story • Graham Stocks • 23 June 2011

Members of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF), including NAPWHA, have begun a campaign opposing the Federal Government’s decision to delay the listing of new medicines and vaccines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs. (PBS), pending Cabinet approval. read more »

Prolonged process for approved drugs

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 26 May 2011

The government caused turmoil by announcing in February that all new medicines will now require cabinet approval before they can be subsidised on the PBS[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs.] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs.read more »

Simple guide to HIV treatment and care for non-nationals

Story • Adrian Ogier • 11 January 2011

In association with the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHMAustralasian Society for HIV Medicine. The peak Australasian organisation representing the medical and health sector in HIV/AIDS and related areas. ), NAPWHA has developed a simple step-by-step guide for overseas visitors and new residents living with HIV. read more »

More drugs for your script

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 3 September 2010

HIV s100 doctors are now able to prescribe up to two months supply plus five repeats of HIV drugs, under changes introduced by Medicare on 1 July.

While previously limited to prescribing one month’s supply with two repeats, now doctors have more flexibility in determining what they think is right for the patient. read more »

Darunavir expanded access

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 11 June 2010
Treating HIV

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs. (PBS) has extended access to the new protease inhibitorA type of anti-HIV drug that works by preventing the production of an enzyme, protease, that HIV needs to replicate., darunavir, now making it an option for more people. read more »

How to access HIV antiretroviral treatment and care in Australia

Resource • 1 May 2010

This fact sheet explains the eligibility requirements for accessing subsidised HIV treatments in Australia under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs., and provides useful information for people who do not qualify. read more »

New treatment for HIV-associated facial wasting

Media release • 1 September 2009

Today’s PBS[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs.] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs. listing of a treatment for HIV-associated facial wasting will provide substantial improvements in quality of life for people living with HIV, the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWHA) has said. read more »

SCULPTRA Update: PBS-subsidised lipo treatment a step closer

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 5 June 2009
Treating HIV

People with severe facial lipoatrophy caused by HIV treatments are closer to being able to access subsidised treatment with poly-lactic acid under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs. (PBS). read more »

More ineligible for Medicare

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 5 June 2009

There are a growing number of positive people legally living in Australia who do not have access to Medicare, including subsidised antiretroviralsA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV. through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs. (PBS). read more »

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