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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) item code NN[NNN]A

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
Synonymous names:Help on this termPBS item code
METeOR identifier:Help on this term600257
Registration status:Help on this termCommonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015
Definition:Help on this term

The code set representing the medicinal and therapeutic products included in the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits.

The code set also includes the items listed in the separate Repatriation Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits (RPBS), which are structured in the same way.

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termNN[NNN]A
Maximum character length:Help on this term6

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

A fifth numeric character was added to the PBS item code in 2013. The allocation of item codes with the additional digit commenced with the PBS schedule applicable from 1 December 2013, with older codes remaining valid where appropriate.

The final alphabetic character is a check digit.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termDepartment of Health
Reference documents:Help on this term

Department of Health 2015. Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits. Department of Health, Canberra. Viewed 18 September 2015,

Department of Health 2015. Repatriation Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits. Department of Health, Canberra. Viewed 22 October 2015,

Relational attributes

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescription—PBS item prescribed, code NN[NNN]A Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015

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