Pharmaceutical companies have increased prices on 85 brands of medicines listed on the PBS. The brands of medicines, most of which were reduced in price in April following the Government's reforms to the PBS, have had their cost to consumers increase by up to $7.04 due to the pharmaceutical companies increasing a brand surcharge from August 1st. The PBS has published information which lists the brands that have increased in price and a corresponding list of less expensive brands.
From July this year, GPs will be able to access a patient's entire prescription history during a consultation. Real time reporting software called DORA, is being piloted in Tasmania. The software has the capacity to be integrated with existing medical software programs and has been licensed to the Commonwealth who will fund the rollout to all prescribers.
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