Your Prescription will look different from 1 February
Active Ingredient Prescribing
PBS and RPBS prescriptions now need to include information about the active ingredients in each medicine. The inclusion of active ingredients on prescriptions will be mandatory from 1 February 2021.
It’s important to remember that most medicines have two different names – an active ingredient and a brand name. There may also be more than one brand of the same medicine. If a prescriber would also like to include the medicine brand name, it will appear after the active ingredient information.
The goal of this initiative is to help people understand what medicines they are taking and to reduce the risk of people accidentally taking multiple doses of the same medicine under different names. Other benefits include allowing pharmacists to easily dispense an alternative generic medicine if the patient’s usual brand is unavailable and a potential reduction in out of pocket costs to patients and the PBS via increased uptake of generic medicines.
You will only be offered a generic brand of a prescription medicine if it is proven to be bioequivalent to the original brand. This means that the active ingredient is identical and the medicine is manufactured to have the same effect in the body – so you can be confident that the generic brand will have the same potential health benefits as your usual brand, or the brand on your prescription. The potential side effects will also be the same.
People with certain conditions may be advised to stick with their original prescribed brand.
If your doctor ticks the ‘Brand substitution not permitted’ box on the prescription, the pharmacist will know not to offer you an alternative brand. You can also request your usual brand if you don’t want to change.
The doctors and counsellors at NewHope Medical are here to answer your questions and to assist you with your health and mental health matters. Please call 9066 1145 for appointments.