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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Page last updated: 22 February 2019