PBS Schedule 1 September 2018 - issues with Authority Type changes in XML

Page last updated: 15 August 2018

An error was identified with the 1 August 2018 schedule where the issue may have affected detection of Authority Type changes for Benefit Types and Prescribing Rules. This resulted in some prescriptions being rejected by DHS at the point of dispensing. While the XML lists the correct new Authority Type, there are issues with data elements that would identify this type of change.

The same error is also present in the 1 September 2018 schedule changes.

The 1 September affected items are:

  • 10732W
  • 8196J
  • 11139G
  • 1471K
  • 1472L
  • 1473M
  • 1474N
  • 1475P
  • 1757L
  • 5446P

These items were Restricted Benefit but from 1 September are now Streamlined Authority.

The department is still looking into the root cause and possible remediation. If you have any questions please contact pbs.contact@health.gov.au.