Pharmaceutical companies have recently raised the cost of 85 drugs currently listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
The cost of these drugs has increased by up to $7.04 from 1 August, following the pharmaceutical companies increase in brand surcharge.
The drugs that have increased in cost include those used to treat depression and anxiety, pain, insomnia, and infection. The cost of Provera, a hormone therapy sometimes used to treat breast cancer, will also increase slightly.
The Australian Government has urged Australians to ask their pharmacist if there is an alternative brand available at a cheaper cost. Alternative drug brands include the same active ingredients as those found in the more expensive branded drugs, but do not attract a brand surcharge.