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Arthritis Australia statement on delisting of paracetamol from the PBS - 21 January 2016

Concessional patients with arthritis will have to pay up to four times more for their pain relief following the delisting of paracetamol from the PBS from 1 January 2016.

Paracetamol is the first line treatment for osteoarthritis which affects 1.9 million Australians. Over 80% of PBS scripts for paracetamol were for the 665mg ‘osteo’ slow release formulation for persistent pain due to osteoarthritis and nearly all of these scripts were for concessional patients.[1]

 

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[1] http://medicarestatistics.humanservices.gov.au/statistics 30% of paracetamol osteo scripts for concessional patients were provided for free in 2014/15 under safety net arrangements.

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