PBS for pharmacists

Average rates payable for extemporaneous items

The average 10 g/mL rates apply to extemporaneously prepared benefits not in the Standard Formulae List, where the approved supplier didn’t price such prescriptions.

The current prices include the following fees and rates:

  • a dispensing fee of $9.33
  • the additional fee for agreed price items of $1.59
  • the container rates from the PBS website.

The average rate is the average of all standard formulae benefit prices for each extemporaneous preparation type.

An asterisk (*) means no prescriptions were submitted for the preparation type.

A zero price shows if an extemporaneous preparation type has no related standard formulae to calculate an average price. If you submit a prescription for payment for these average rate codes you must include a price.

The table is current as of March 2019. We update it each month.

PB code

Preparation name

Average 10 g/mL rate (in cents)

Price payable for maximum quantity ($)

Maximum price to patients ($)

 13Q Creams

34.39

14.18

15.77

48M

Dusting powders

279.42

38.12

39.71

15T

Ear drops

50.12

11.06

12.65

19B

Eye drops with cocaine hydrochloride

0.00

0.00

0.00

22E

Eye drops, other

0.00

0.00

0.00

23F

Eye lotions

0.00

0.00

0.00

29M

Inhalations

94.00

14.77

16.36

64J

Linctuses containing codeine phosphate

92.91

19.47

21.06

34T

Linctuses, other

0.00

0.00

0.00

39C

Lotions

14.55

13.38

14.97

65K

Mixtures containing codeine phosphate

0.00

0.00

0.00

40D

Mixtures, other

110.10

32.36

33.95

66L

Mixtures, children with codeine phosphate

0.00

0.00

0.00

41E

Mixtures for children, other

0.00

0.00

0.00

30N

Mouth washes

94.50

29.37

30.96

42F

Nasal instillations

0.00

0.00

0.00

43G

Ointments, waxes

120.50

22.79

24.38

44H

Paints

5271.49

141.91

40.30

63H

Pastes containing cocaine hydrochloride

0.00

0.00

0.00

45J

Pastes, other

281.70

38.91

40.30

49N

Powders for internal use

291.40

39.32

40.30

52R

Solutions

0.00

0.00

0.00

Page last updated: 1 March 2019