From 1 August 2009 clopidogrel can be prescribed in combination with aspirin as an authority (streamlined) benefit on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) after coronary artery stent insertion.1 Previously a PBS subsidy was available for the treatment of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and for prevention of recurrence of ischaemic stroke, transient cerebral ischaemic events, myocardial infarction or unstable angina. The extended PBS listing allows patients who require a stent to have equitable access to clopidogrel therapy.

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee noted that there is evidence that prescribing clopidogrel, in combination with aspirin, is best clinical practice to prevent blood clots reforming after cardiac stent insertion.1

Clopidogrel was PBS listed for ACS on 1 February 2009. For further information refer to the March 2009 NPS RADAR In Brief Item: Clopidogrel PBS listing extended to include acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in combination with aspirin.