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

Latest news

Latest news

Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly’s interview on ABC News Breakfast on 7 December 2023

Read the transcript of Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly’s interview with Lisa Millar on ABC News Breakfast about COVID-19.

Your Aged Care Update issue #47 – 5 December 2023

Your Aged Care Update #47: COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program extension grant finalisation, Free translating and interpreting services, AN-ACC price increased, Support at Home to be rolled out in two stages and more.

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).

Latest resources

Latest resources

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Shirani’s 60-day prescriptions story

Selected PBS medicines can now be prescribed for 60-days. Ask your doctor if 60-day prescriptions is right for you, or explore the cheaper medicines page to learn more.
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Caitlin’s 60-day prescriptions story

Selected PBS medicines can now be prescribed for 60-days. Ask your doctor if 60-day prescriptions is right for you, or visit the cheaper medicines website for more information.

Elosulfase alfa 24 month-like review

This 24 month-like review aimed to ensure that the listing of elosulfase alfa for the treatment of MPS IVA on the LSDP remains appropriate. It was considered by the Expert Panel at its October 2022 and February 2023 meetings.