Submission on PBS Restrictions on PBAC Policy Change

Submission to the Minister for Health.

The National LGBTI Health Alliance wishes to express our serious concerns about the intended change to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Guidelines, as reported in Australian Doctor on 24 February. According to this article, from either 1 March or 1 April 2015, the PBS Authority will bar General Practitioners (GPs) from ‘initiating’ testosterone without the input of ‘a specialist endocrinologist, urologist, member of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine, or in consultation with one of these specialists’.

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