The Australian Government recognises the important role that community pharmacists and pharmacies play in our health system and is committed to supporting pharmacies across Australia providing access to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines and effective health care services.
On 27 May 2015, the Minister for Health, the Hon, Sussan Ley announced the Government had signed five year agreements with the Generic Medicines industry Association (GMiA) and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (the Guild) as part of a broader package of measures across the pharmaceutical supply chain.
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Access and Sustainability Package (the Package) is a group of measures which will deliver funding for community pharmacy through the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA)
Over the last four months, the Government has worked with GMiA, the Guild, Medicines Australia, the Consumer Health Forum and over 20 other Stakeholders, to develop a strongly supported package of measures. The measures will support access to medicines by improving the operation of the PBS while keeping it sustainable.