Your questions to the PBAC
- Geoffrey L. Campbell, Janet D. Fitzpatrick
- Aust Prescr 1995;18:48
- 1 January 1995
- DOI: 10.18773/austprescr.1995.023
Sir, Why are sodium cromoglycate eye drops listed as an 'authority required' item? Surely it can't be because of the cost. I can't believe that it would be due to safety considerations either, when one sees that prednisolone eye drops are available as an unrestricted benefit.
Geoffrey L. Campbell
Sir, In the list of 'Top 10 drugs' (Aust Prescr 1994;17:69), it is stated that the cost of glyceryl trinitrate to the government in 1992 was $27 774 725.
Could the cost be reduced if glyceryl trinitrate were dispensed in small quantities for those who need to carry it for only occasional use?
This would apply to some patients as well as medical staff carrying it for emergencies. As the drug must be discarded 3 months after opening, sachets containing a few tablets (e.g. 10) would reduce wastage.
Janet D. Fitzpatrick
General Practitioner, Warragul, Vic.
Medical Practitioner, Carlton, Vic.