Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

This section contains links to documents related to medicine use and the cost of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Page last updated: 04 March 2014

PBS Expenditure and Prescriptions

The PBS Expenditure and Prescriptions provides a summary of PBS processing. Many tables and charts are available on processing by drug, prescription volume and cost.

PBS Statistical reports

Detailed statistical information on items appearing in the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits can be found at the Medicare Australia website as follows:
Reports by Item number:
Reports by ATC group:

These sites provide an interactive environment. The figures relate to the value (benefit) or volume (services) of PBS and RPBS services that have been processed by Medicare Australia.

Please note: Statistics on some section 100 items (drugs distributed under alternative arrangements where these are considered more appropriate) may not be available on the Medicare Australia web site.

Australian Statistics on Medicines

For estimates of the total number of prescriptions dispensed through community pharmacy, reference could be made to the Australian Statistics on Medicines.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing Authority Annual Reports

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing Authority Annual Reports provides various prescription volume and expenditure summary tables by ATC groups and high cost items. Also included are tables on companies PBS sales and market share.