Patients Stockpiling PBS Medicines

3 Dec 2013

Could your patients be ‘stockpiling’ medicines?

PBS dispensing information suggests stockpiling behaviour happens towards the end of each calendar year. It is likely some patients are 'stockpiling' PBS medicines when they reach their annual PBS Safety Net threshold so that they reduce their prescription expenses in the following calendar year. As well as adding unnecessarily to PBS costs, stockpiling is a potential health risk to patients and their families.

You can now access a patient fact sheet – printed with the Australian Government logo – to support conversations you have with patients who may be stockpiling. Open the PDF below.