Growth Hormone Program

The Growth Hormone Program provides subsidised PBS treatment to eligible children under a number of categories.

From 1 September 2017, prescribers may now trial PBS Growth Hormone authority applications in the Online PBS Authorities system.

About the program

The PBS subsidised section 100 Growth Hormone Program provides treatment to eligible children of short stature: helping them to achieve a final height within the normal population range.

Find out which medicines are available under the Growth Hormone Program on the PBS website.

Information for medical practitioners

Patients need an approved authority prescription to get treatment under the Growth Hormone Program.

To complete your authority prescription, use the PBS Growth Hormone Program Dose and cartridge quantity calculator on the PBS website. You can calculate the correct quantity and weekly dose for your patient.

There are two ways you can submit a Growth Hormone authority application:

  1. Online applications
  2. Written applications

1. Online applications:

Submit online applications through:

Use the system to:

  • get an authority assessment result in real time
  • reduce the waiting period for approved authority prescriptions
  • avoid postal delays and related costs
  • submit authority applications 24/7
  • cancel or amend an approved application not already dispensed
  • ask about your previous authority requests (approval status doesn’t apply) for a period of up to 2 years

Use your Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account to access the Online PBS Authorities system. PRODA is an online authentication system used to securely access many government services.

If you don’t already have one, register for a PRODA account now.

To meet the PBS Growth Hormone restriction eligibility criteria you’ll need to answer some questions and provide patient data in the Online PBS Authorities system.

If your online authority application is approved, you’ll see a PBS Authority Approval Number. Write this number and the PBS Item code on the prescription.

If your online application is rejected, you’ll see PBS reason codes explaining why your patient didn’t meet the eligible criteria. You can amend your application and resubmit for assessment.

You can cancel an approved Growth Hormone authority prescription as long as the prescription hasn’t been dispensed from an approved supplier.

You must contact us on the Complex Drugs enquiry line to get an approved authority prescription reissued.

Send us your feedback so we can improve Growth Hormone applications in the Online PBS Authorities system.

There are a number of ways you can give us feedback. Read more about complaints and feedback.

2. Written applications:

Submit written applications through the:

The form upload in HPOS function:

  • let’s you securely send messages with your completed form and supporting information directly to us
  • removes postal delays and related costs
  • creates a return message with an approval number through the secure Mail Centre. Always write the PBS Authority Approval Number and PBS Item code on the prescription before giving the prescription to your patient.

Applications submitted by HPOS

Before the prescription goes to the patient or patient’s carer for dispensing you must provide the:

  • brand of Growth Hormone medicine
  • PBS Authority Approval Number
  • PBS Item code

Applications submitted by post

When you submit the completed prescription form and supporting information to us, you must tell us if we should return the approved prescription to you or to your patient.

We’ll send the prescription to you or your patient with:

  • an “approved by DHS” stamp
  • the PBS Item code

If we reject a written authority application submitted through HPOS or the post, we’ll hold the application with the unapproved authority prescription, and send you a letter explaining why the application wasn’t approved.

There are no changes to existing arrangements for phone and written Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) approvals through the Veterans’ Affairs Pharmaceutical Approval Centre (VAPAC).

Initial treatment

For patients who need initial treatment, you need to complete and submit for approval:

Continuing treatment

To continue the patient’s treatment, you need to complete and submit for approval one of the following:

and:

  • any relevant supporting information, and
  • a valid Authority prescription

Information for approved suppliers

PBS subsidised Growth Hormone medicines can be dispensed at an approved:

  • community pharmacy
  • participating PBS reform public hospital pharmacy, or
  • private hospital pharmacy

Approved medical practitioners such as dispensing doctors may also supply Growth Hormone medicines.

Growth Hormone medicines are available through pharmaceutical wholesalers or directly from the manufacturer.

Under the Growth Hormone Program, the same brand must be supplied for the original prescription and the repeat prescription.

Reimbursement for dispensing these medicines is the same as the current process used for supplying PBS subsidised items listed under the Highly Specialised Drugs (HSD) Program. Reimbursement is calculated using ex-manufacturer pricing, not ex-wholesaler pricing.

More information

You can contact us for more information on the Complex Drugs enquiry line 1800 700 270.

Page last updated: 3 October 2017