International Harmonisation of Ingredient Names - changes to the PBS Schedule

Page last updated: 4 December 2017

Some active ingredient names used in Australia differ from those used internationally. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has updated over 200 active ingredient names used in Australia as part of their International Harmonisation of Ingredient Names (IHIN) reform. A full list is available on the TGA website. Around 90 of these changes affect medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). These new names will be incorporated within the PBS over a period of time.

Changes to the PBS Schedule

While some of the changes to active ingredient names have already appeared in the PBS Schedule, the bulk of the changes to the Schedule will be incorporated during 2018, commencing 1 January 2018.

A list of PBS items affected by ingredient name changes which have been incorporated in the 1 January 2018 Schedule is available from the embargo section.  The list includes details of the change made to drug name and/or form for each PBS item.

Details of PBS items affected by ingredient name changes incorporated in subsequent editions of the Schedule will be made available as they occur.