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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescription—quantity of PBS item supplied, total number N[NNN]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termQuantity of PBS item supplied
METeOR identifier:Help on this term601876
Registration status:Help on this termCommonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015
Definition:Help on this termThe total amount of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) item dispensed by a pharmacist, expressed either as a number of packs or units of use.
Context:Help on this termIn the context of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, the term 'quantity' refers to the amount of the drug dispensed, expressed in terms of either a number of packs or units of use.
Data Element Concept:Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescription—quantity of PBS item supplied

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termTotal
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[NNN]
Maximum character length:Help on this term4
Supplementary values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
9999Not stated/inadequately described

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Collection and usage attributes

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The method of specifying the quantity varies between items:

  • If the item is supplied in a pack that cannot be broken, the quantity is stated as a number of packs, e.g. 1 (pack of tablets), rather than a number of units of use, e.g. 28 (tablets).
  • If the item is supplied in a pack that can be broken, the quantity can be reported as the total number of units of use, e.g. 14 (tablets) rather than 0.5 (of a pack of tablets).
  • If the item is supplied in a bottle or in a continuous form, e.g. a tube of cream or ointment, the quantity is stated as the number of bottles or tubes supplied rather than as a liquid or semi-liquid volume.

Where supply of the original prescription and any repeat(s) is made at the one time, pursuant to Regulation 24 of the National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Regulations 1960 (Cwth), the value reported must be the total quantity supplied.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termDepartment of Health
Reference documents:Help on this termOffice of Parliamentary Counsel, ComLaw website 2014. National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Regulations 1960 (Cwth). Office of Parliamentary Counsel, Canberra. Viewed 12 February 2015,
http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2014C00771

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

DSS specific attributes +
Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation 2018: Number of PBS/RPBS prescriptions dispensed for ADHD medicines per 100,000 population, aged 17 years and under, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Standard 13/12/2018
Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation 2018: Number of PBS/RPBS prescriptions dispensed for antimicrobials per 100,000 population, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Standard 13/12/2018
Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation 2018: Number of PBS/RPBS prescriptions dispensed for antipsychotic medicines per 100,000 population, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 (i) Age 17 years & under, (ii) Age 18 - 64 years, (iii) Age 65 years & over Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Standard 13/12/2018
Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation 2018: Number of PBS/RPBS prescriptions dispensed for opioid medicines per 100,000 population, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Standard 13/12/2018
Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation 2018: Number of PBS/RPBS prescriptions dispensed for proton pump inhibitor medicines per 100,000 population aged (i) 18 years and over, (ii) 1 year and under, 2016-17 Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Standard 13/12/2018
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