Since August 2006, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) has been including new listings specifically for the treatment of common conditions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Some listings are medicines new to the PBS, while others vary the restrictions for prescribing existing PBS items. For the most up-to-date information on relevant PBS-subsidised items, and their conditions for prescribing, see the current list in the fact sheet atwww.pbs.gov.au.
New listings include antimicrobial drugs for fungal and yeast infections, otitis media and whipworm. Vitamin supplements have also been added.
For changes to this list and other listings, readers can subscribe to news alerts from the PBS at www.pbs.gov.au/html/healthpro/subscription/manage