International Harmonisation of Ingredient Names - changes to the PBS Schedule

Page last updated: 1 February 2018

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 are being incorporated within the PBS over a period of time

Changes to the PBS Schedule

The 1 January 2018 PBS Schedule included many of the changes to active ingredient names. The remainder will appear in the 1 March 2018 Schedule. This will complete the changes required to the PBS as a result of the IHIN reform.

A list of PBS items affected by the ingredient name changes being incorporated in the 1 March 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.