The Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement includes a number of initiatives to improve the use of and access to medicines in the community.
The Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement between the Australian Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia started on 1 July 2015 and is in place for 5 years.
It forms part of the government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Access and Sustainability Package (the Package). The Package aims to keep the PBS cost effective and sustainable by:
- providing new and innovative PBS medicines at affordable prices
- promoting improvements in the use of medicines
As part of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement we will administer the following initiatives:
- the restructure of pharmacy remuneration fees - pricing of PBS medicine
- discounting of PBS patient co-payment
- premium free dispensing incentive (PFDI)
- electronic prescription fee (EPF)
- efficient funding of chemotherapy medicines
- expansion of the PBS Safety Net 20 day rule
More information is available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.