Highly specialised drugs

Highly specialised drugs (HSDs) are subsidised through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and administered under section 100 of the National Health Act 1953.

HSDs are for the treatment of complex medical conditions that require ongoing specialised medical supervision. The HSD Program is part of the PBS. Read more about prescribing, dispensing and claiming HSDs.

The process for prescribing and dispensing HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART), clozapine for maintenance therapy, and hepatitis B items has been simplified under HSD Community Access (CA) arrangements. Read more about changes to certain s100 programs.

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Dispensing requirements

Dispensing requirements for PBS highly specialised drugs.

Read more about dispensing requirements

Online claiming

Information about online claiming for highly specialised drugs (HSDs).

Read more about online claim for HSDs

Community pharmacies and friendly societies claiming

Community pharmacies and friendly societies claiming for HSD.

Read more about claiming HSD for community pharmacies and friendly societies

Applicable items

Applicable medicines for highly specialised drugs.

Read more about applicable items

Receipting HSD prescriptions

Information for receipting HSD prescriptions.

Read more about receipting prescriptions

Audits

Hospital pharmacies must have adequate and auditable systems in place, and the prescription and supply of highly specialised drugs is monitored and audited.

Read more about audits

Prescriber eligibility

Prescriber eligibility for highly specialised drugs.

Read more about prescriber eligibility

Patient eligibility

Patient eligibility for highly specialised drugs.

Read more about patient eligibility

Community access

Community Access arrangements

Under the HSD CA arrangements, we have simplified the dispensing and prescribing requirements of certain HSDs.

Read more about Community Access arrangements

Patient requirements

Information about requirements for patients to be eligible under the HSD CA arrangement.

Read more about patient requirements

Receipting HSD prescriptions

Information for receipting prescriptions under the HSD CA arrangement.

Read more about receipting prescriptions

Resources

Streamlined authority process

Approved prescribers need to follow certain procedures to prescribe items that are Authority Required (STREAMLINED) in the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits.

Read more about streamlined authority process

Education guide - Writing PBS and RPBS prescriptions

Information about writing Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) prescriptions for all eligible prescribers.

Read more about writing PBS and RPBS prescriptions

Education guide - Dispensing and claiming for participating public hospitals

Information to help you dispense and claim Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines in participating public hospitals.

Read more about dispensing PBS medicines in participating public hospitals

Page last updated: 7 January 2019