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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescription—type of drug prescribed, broad category code XX

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termType of drug prescribed (broad category)
Synonymous names:Help on this termDrug type
METeOR identifier:Help on this term600297
Registration status:Help on this termCommonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015
Definition:Help on this termThe type of medicinal product prescribed in a claim for a benefit under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescription—type of drug prescribed

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termXX
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
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ValueMeaning
CAHighly Specialised Drugs (community access items)
CTChemotherapy support drugs
DBPrescriber Bag
DTDental
GEGeneral
GHHuman growth hormone
HSHighly Specialised Drugs (private hospital items)
HBHighly Specialised Drugs (public hospital items)
IFIn-vitro fertilisation
INChemotherapy (private hospital items)
IPChemotherapy (public hospital items)
MDMethadone
OTOptometrical
PLPalliative care
PQParaplegic and quadriplegic associations
R1Repatriation
STStoma appliances
SYSpecial authority program
SZSpecial authority program
TYHerceptin (private hospital items)
TZHerceptin (public hospital items)

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE CA   Highly Specialised Drugs (community access items)

This code is use to describe medicinal products dispensed by community pharmacies under the Highly Specialised Drugs Program.

The community access component of the Highly Specialised Drugs Program came into effect from 1 July 2015.

More information in relation to the Highly Specialised Drugs Program, including lists of the medicinal products included in the program, is available from the relevant pages on the Department of Health website (see the 'Reference documents' section below).

CODE DB   Prescriber Bag

This code denotes the medicinal products available via the Prescriber Bag provisions of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Under the Prescriber Bag provisions, pharmaceutical benefits are provided without charge to prescribers who, in turn, can supply them free of charge to patients for emergency use.

Also known as Doctor's Bag, particularly in the context of historical data records.

CODE DT   Dental

This code is used to identify the medicinal products that authorised dental practitioners are permitted to prescribe.

CODE HS   Highly Specialised Drugs (private hospital items)

CODE HB   Highly Specialised Drugs (public hospital items)

Codes HS and HB are used to describe medicinal products dispensed in either private or public hospitals under the Highly Specialised Drugs Program.

More information in relation to the Highly Specialised Drugs Program, including lists of the medicinal products included in the program, is available from the relevant pages on the Department of Health website (see the 'Reference documents' section below).

CODE IN   Chemotherapy (private hospital items)

CODE IP   Chemotherapy (public hospital items)

Codes IN and IP are used to denote instances where chemotherapy drugs are dispensed in either private or public hospitals.

CODE OT  Optometrical

This code is used to identify the medicinal products that authorised optometrists are permitted to prescribe.

CODE R1   Repatriation

This code refers to medicinal products that are either:

  • included in the Schedule of Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits but not the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits, or
  • included in both the Schedule of Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits and the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits.

Code R1 is used in cases where the prescription is written in accordance with the provisions and conditions of the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) rather than the general PBS. Similarly, Code GE (see above) is used in cases where the prescription is written in accordance with the provisions and conditions of the general PBS rather than the RPBS.

For some medicinal products, details such as the number of repeat supplies, the permitted maximum quantity to be supplied or eligibility criteria can differ between the two schemes. In the case of RPBS prescriptions, the eligibility criteria and supply details from the Schedule of Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits are applicable.

CODE SY   Special authority program

CODE SZ   Special authority program

Codes SY and SZ are no longer used and should only be present in historical data, particularly data for periods prior to the commencement of the Herceptin® program on 1 October 2006. More recently, Codes SY and SZ have been replaced by Codes TY and TZ.

CODE TY   Herceptin® (private hospital items)

CODE TZ   Herceptin® (public hospital items)

Codes TY and TZ are used to denote prescriptions dispensed under the Herceptin® program in either private or public hospitals. The program commenced on 1 October 2006, and allows for the listing of trastuzumab (Herceptin®) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for the treatment of patients with HER-2 positive early stage breast cancer.

More information in relation to the Herceptin® Program is available from the relevant page on the Department of Health website (see the 'Reference documents' section below).

Source and reference attributes

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

Department of Health 2015. Section 100 - Highly Specialised Drugs Program. Viewed 10 November 2015,
http://www.pbs.gov.au/info/browse/section-100/
s100-highly-specialised-drugs

Department of Health 2015. Section 100 item list - Highly Specialised Drugs Program (Community Access). Viewed 12 November 2015,
http://www.pbs.gov.au/browse/section100-ca

Department of Health 2015. Section 100 item list - Highly Specialised Drugs Program (Public Hospital). Viewed 10 November 2015,
http://www.pbs.gov.au/browse/section100-hb

Department of Health 2015. Section 100 item list - Highly Specialised Drugs Program (Private Hospital). Viewed 10 November 2015,
http://www.pbs.gov.au/browse/section100-hs

Department of Health 2006. Listing of Herceptin on the PBS. Department of Health, Canberra. Viewed 10 November 2015,
http://www.pbs.gov.au/info/news/2006/
10/listing-of-herceptin

Data element attributes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termDepartment of Health

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) state/territory data extract 2013-14 Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015

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