PBS Pricing of Valsartan and Valsartan + Hydrochlorothiazide in 1 December 2018 PBS Schedule
Page last updated: 23 November 2018
The Department has just been made aware of a recall of one brand of Valsartan, and one brand of Valsartan + Hydrochlorothiazide. There is also a current shortage of another brand of Valsartan + Hydrochlorothiazide. A Brand Price Premium applies to the Novartis brand Co-Diovan, which is now the only available brand of Valsartan + Hydrochlorothiazide.
The Brand Price Premium was not able to be removed from the data for the Co-Diovan brand for 1 December 2018. This Premium will be removed in the 1 January 2019 Schedule.
Novartis will be writing to wholesalers requesting they communicate to pharmacies not to charge the premium on Co-Diovan brands from 1 December 2018 to 31 December 2018. An Erratum will be issued and the Legislative Instruments will reflect the late changes.