Education guide - Prescribing Esomeprazole under the PBS for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

Information about prescribing Esomeprazole under the PBS for the healing and maintenance of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

Esomeprazole is subsidised under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for the healing and maintenance of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

  • Esomeprazole 20mg tablet is subsidised under the PBS for the maintenance of healed GORD
  • Esomeprazole 40mg tablet is subsidised for healing of GORD. Esomeprazole 40mg tablet is not subsidised under the PBS for the maintenance of healed GORD

The following flowchart can help you make sure you are correctly prescribing Esomeprazole under the PBS for the healing and maintenance of GORD.

Are you prescribing Esomeprazole for healing or maintenance of GORD? Healing of GORD. Esomeprazole 40mg tablet is a PBS restricted benefit medicine. A PBS prescription is permitted for healing of GORD. Esomeprazole 20mg tablet is not PBS subsidised for healing of GORD. Non PBS (private prescription) only. Maintenance of healed GORD. Esomeprazole 40mg tablet is not PBS subsidised for the maintenance of healed GORD. Non PBS (private prescription) only. Esomeprazole 20mg tablet is a PBS restricted benefit medicine. A PBS prescription is permitted for maintenance of healed GORD.

Esomeprazole may also be prescribed under the PBS for the following indications:

  • Pathological hypersecretory conditions including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and idiopathic hypersecretion
  • Scleroderma oesophagus
  • Initial treatment of gastric ulcer

Important information

Matching your patient's condition with the PBS restriction is a mandatory requirement. When writing a non-PBS prescription, endorse the prescription as 'non-PBS' to make your intentions clear to the dispensing pharmacist.

More information

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Page last updated: 4 July 2016

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