PrEP on PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme)

Is PrEP available on the PBS?

Yes.  PrEP is now subsidised by the Australian Government which means you can purchase PrEP in-store at some Australian pharmacies at a reduced cost.

What brand of PrEP is available on the PBS?

From the 1st of April 2020 any PrEP obtained from Australian in-store pharmacies will be generic unbranded PrEP.

These generics include: Apotex, Mylan & Tenofovir EMT GH. Find more information HERE

How do I access PrEP on the PBS?

  • Obtain a prescription from your General Practitioner (GP) or sexual health clinic and take it to your local pharmacy.
  • Any GP can prescribe PrEP, however many GPs are unaware of PrEP and its role in preventing HIV transmission, so we strongly recommend choosing a PrEP prescriber from the comePrepd directory CLICK HERE
  • Your doctor can prescribe a three months’ supply of PrEP through the PBS which you be dispensed at in-store Australian pharmacy.
  • Your prescription will contain two repeats.
  • You will need an Australian Medicare card to access PrEP on the PBS.

Will all pharmacies stock PrEP?

  • Not all pharmacies will stock PrEP
  • Some pharmacies may require 24/48 hour notice. Let the pharmacy know you have a PrEP prescription and would like to pre-order.
  • Find a growing list of pharmacies that supply PrEP HERE

How much will PrEP cost on the PBS?

If purchasing from an in-store Australian pharmacy (and Medicare card), PrEP on the PBS will cost:

  • $41.00 for a 30 day supply.
  • $6.60 on Concession Card (Health Care Card or Pensioner Card) for a 30 day supply.
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people (who are registered for the Close the Gap incentive) can purchase PrEP for $6.60 or free with a concession card. To learn more about accessing PrEP from The Close the Gap incentive CLICK HERE

Can I access PrEP at an Australian pharmacy without a Medicare card?

Without a Medicare card you can still access PrEP from an in-store Australian Pharmacy however its an expensive option. The cost is approximately:

  • Truvada (branded PrEP) $160-170 (one month supply)
  • Generic PrEP brands (GH, Mylan and Apotex) cost is lower and may differ significantly among pharmacies.
  • If you are Medicare ineligible it is more cost effective to order PrEP online.

Can I can access PrEP online at a cheaper cost?

  • Yes, purchasing PrEP from an online pharmacy is cheaper than purchasing PrEP with PBS subsidy.
  • Green Cross Pharmacy $AU21/ month supply (when purchasing a three month supply).
  • DYNAMIX INTERNATIONAL $AU21/ month (when purchasing a three month supply).
  • You are still required to obtain & scan an Australian prescription for online importation.
  • For more information regarding online importation click HERE.

What if I’m a part of the Close the Gap Program?

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people (who are registered for the Close the Gap incentive) can purchase PrEP for $6.60 or free with a concession card. To learn more about accessing PrEP from The Close the Gap incentive CLICK HERE

 

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