Medicines

Medicines help to prevent, treat or cure disease. Some are available over the counter, others need a prescription from a health practitioner. Find out what we’re doing to help make sure medicines in Australia are safe, good quality and accessible, and do what they say they will do.

About medicines

The different types of medicines and how they are classified.

What we do

How we make sure medicines are as safe and effective as possible.

Access to medicines

How you can access medicines and how we manage shortages.

Cost of medicines

How we keep medicines affordable for Australians.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidises a large number of medicines to keep their cost down for Australians.

Read about the PBS

Biosimilar medicines

Some pharmaceutical companies make medicines that are very similar to existing biological medicines. These are known as biosimilar medicines. We have resources available to help you understand and have confidence in biosimilar medicines.

Biosimilar medicines resource collection

Medicines Line

1300 633 424

Contact Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE for information on prescription, over-the-counter and other medicines (including complementary medicines). Calls are answered by registered pharmacists. The service is available Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm AEST (excluding NSW public holidays).

Resources

Resources

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Rick’s 60-day prescription story

There are now more PBS medicines available for 60-day prescriptions. Ask your doctor if a 60-day prescription is right for you or explore the cheaper medicines page to learn more.