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Bioequivalent allowed indicator

605595 | Property | Department of Health
An indicator of whether a bioequivalent brand of a medicinal product is allowed to be substituted for the prescribed brand of medicinal product. Two formulations of the same drug are considered to be bioequivalent if they attain similar concentrations in blood and tissues at similar times with no clinically important differences between their therapeutic or adverse effects. The concept of bioequivalence is fundamental to the use of generic medicinal products.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Closing the Gap co-payment eligibility indicator

603666 | Property | Department of Health
An indicator of eligibility for a Closing the Gap (CTG) co-payment. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) CTG co-payment was developed to provide assistance to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients to improve access to PBS medicines through co-payment relief. The measure is a component of the broader Indigenous Health Chronic Disease package announced by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in November 2008. The CTG co-payment component of the Commonwealth initiative...
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Date of prescribing

600487 | Property | Department of Health
The date on which the prescriber signs the prescription.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Date of supply

600517 | Property | Department of Health
The date on which a medicinal product is supplied by a pharmacist.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Eligibility card type

605144 | Property | Department of Health
The type of card held by a consumer, allowing them to access a particular scheme, concession or service.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Number of authorised medication supplies

604845 | Property | Department of Health
For a given prescription, the count of times that a prescribed medicinal product is supplied to a patient or Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) consumer.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Number of authorised prescription repeats

603922 | Property | Department of Health
For a given prescription, the count of times that a prescribed medicinal product can be resupplied to a patient.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Number of times previously supplied

603909 | Property | Department of Health
For a given prescription, the count of times that a prescribed medicinal product has previously been supplied to a patient, including the original supply.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Patient entitlement status

604098 | Property | Department of Health
The way in which a patient is eligible to receive a particular benefit or entitlement. Eligibility for benefits or entitlements typically involves satisfying a specific set of rules or criteria.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Patient identifier

601232 | Property | Department of Health
A sequence of characters which identify a patient.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Patient payment category

600984 | Property | Department of Health
The original payment vote of the patient or Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) consumer.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Pharmaceutical benefit entitlement source

605231 | Property | Department of Health
The assistance programme under which an entity is eligible to receive benefits associated with the supply of pharmaceutical products.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) benefit amount

601904 | Property | Department of Health
The amount of the Commonwealth government contribution towards the cost of prescription medicinal products supplied via the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) claim type

603898 | Property | Department of Health
The type of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) claim.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) form type

601190 | Property | Department of Health
The type of form used when claiming a benefit under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) item prescribed

600287 | Property | Department of Health
A category into which the prescription drugs, medicinal and therapeutic products included in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) can be classified. PBS items are differentiated via a number of characteristics, including: the active ingredient of the medicinal or therapeutic product, the strength of the medicinal or therapeutic product, often expressed in terms of the weight or liquid concentration of the active ingredient, the form of the medicinal or therapeutic product and its manner o...
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) patient contribution

603368 | Property | Department of Health
The amount paid by the patient or Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) consumer to the approved pharmacy for a prescription.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) record extract date

600538 | Property | Department of Health
The date for which details of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) claim are extracted from the Department of Human Services (DHS) PBS processing system.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Pharmacy approval type

601573 | Property | Department of Health
The approval type of a pharmacy.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Pharmacy identifier

600670 | Property | Department of Health
A sequence of characters which uniquely identify a pharmacy.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Post-operative transport home

567610 | Property | Department of Health, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The type of transportation used following an operation to get home.
Standard: Indigenous

Prescriber identifier

600758 | Property | Department of Health
A unique identifier for a health professional authorised to issue a prescription.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Prescriber type

603858 | Property | Department of Health
The broad field of specialty of a health professional responsible for the writing and signing of a prescription.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Quantity of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) item supplied

601872 | Property | Department of Health
A count of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicinal products supplied.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Regulation 24 applicable indicator

601748 | Property | Department of Health
An indicator of whether Regulation 24 of the National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Regulations 1960 (Cwth) is applicable. Regulation 24 allows a pharmacist to supply an original prescription medication and all of its repeats at the one time.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Repeat prescription indicator

603997 | Property | Department of Health
An indicator of whether a prescription allows the repeated supply of a specified prescription medicinal product.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Specialty of prescriber

600677 | Property | Department of Health
The field of specialty of the authorised health professional responsible for the writing and signing of a prescription.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Therapeutic group

605582 | Property | Department of Health
A narrowly defined group of medicinal products that are of similar safety and efficacy and provide similar health outcomes.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

Type of drug prescribed

622347 | Property | Department of Health
A category into which prescribed drugs and medicinal or therapeutic products can be grouped or classified.
Standard: Commonwealth Department of Health

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