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Help improve online PBS authority approvals

The troubled online Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) authority approvals system is set for an overhaul, with the Department of Human Services asking for input from doctors.

Launched last year, the system promised Authority approvals for most PBS items online through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS), without prescribers having to ring the Approvals phone line.

However, the system turned out to be slow, clunky, and complex, and its inability to interface with doctors’ desktop prescribing software meant that it is virtually unused.

The Department has advised the AMA that it is keen to improve the system, and is asking any doctor who prescribes PBS Authority medicines to complete a quick six-question survey.

The information collected will help the Department work with the medical software industry to develop products that allow access through existing prescribing software.

You can access the survey here:   https://survey.websurveycreator.com/s.aspx?s=b38ea79f-050b-4563-b757-1e1…

Maria Hawthorne