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#1 Riekie

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 12:09 PM

Drug Prices in Aus.

Amoxil 500mg (20) 9.95
Cipramil 20mg (28) 24.95
Feldene 20mg (25) 13.85
Lasix 40mg (100) 7.95
Minomycin 50mg (60) 16.45
Mobic 15mg (30) 30.95
Prozac 20mg (28) 28.95
Triphasil (4 months) 23.65
Valium 5mg (50) 7.45
Voltaren 50mg (50) 12.99
Zantac 150mg (60) 19.95
Zoloft 50mg (30) 31.24
Avomine Tabs 25mg (30) 8.95
Bactroban Nasal 17.95
Buscopan 10mg (100) 23.95
Cipramil 20mg (28) 24.95
Demazin Cold & Flu (24) 8.95
Diane-35 ED (1 Month) 18.95
Duromine 30mg (30) 87.95
Elocon Cream 15g 9.95
Lamisil Tabs 250mg (42) 132.95
Lipitor 10mg/20mg/40mg/80mg (30) 30.70
Lomotil 2.5mg (8) 6.85
Nexium 20mg (30) 30.70
Panadeine Caplets - Aussie version of Ponado (12) 5.60
Ponstan Caps (50) 14.95
Rhinocort Nasal Spray 31.95
Ritalin 10mg (100) 13.95
Roaccutane 10mg (60) 92.60
Telfast (6) 8.95
Viagra 25mg (4) 49.95
Xenical 120mg (42) 59.95
Zovirax Ointment 20.75

Hope this gives you an idea. If you want the price on any other item, post it here. :ilikeit:

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 03:25 PM

Hi

Thanks for the post, I forgot about our prescribe medicine in my budget. :ilikeit: This reminded me again.

Does the medical insurance cover chronic drugs ?

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 06:29 PM

One can also get a pretty good idea of medicine prices if you look at the following link
http://www.chemistdirect.com.au/

I been ordering some stuff from them online. I found they are pretty much cheaper than most chemists i have been to. They send it registered post and you normally receive it within 5 days (well i do in Melbourne). Quick and easy delivered to your door!!

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 06:48 PM

Hi

Anybody have any idea how much Medicare covers per prescription?

Thanks

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 07:29 PM

Hi Rieke

Do you have any idea if they have Tegretol (for epilepsy) in Australia, and how much it is......have been trying to find it on web sites but no luck....I have a two year old who is on it for chronic medication.

Thanks
Robyn

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 12:08 PM

All Australians are covered by Medicare, as well as permanent residents and those coming from countries with reciprocal health agreements with Australia (e.g. U.K., Canada, N.Z., Sweden, etc.)
Medicare incorporates the "Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme" (P.B.S.) which lets Aussies get their prescriptions from the chemists at affordable prices.
With a prescription signed by a GP, you are able to get a drug for the prescription charge (last time I got a prescription, it was only $23, but that was ages ago and has gone up since then!)
You should get the chemist to note the charge down, as there is also a "Safety Net" which totals all your costs for prescriptions up in the year, and once the limit is reached ($750 for all members in one family . . . . don't know about single or couple rates, but would be less, obviously) you and all other family members can obtain prescriptions from the chemist, which are signed by a GP, at no further cost.
This allows ALL Australians to be able to obtain prescriptions for their ailments without much penalty.

www.medicareaustralia.gov.au

click on the link to the P.B.S. logo on the top right hand of the webpage.
This should lead you to all the info needed about the P.B.S. and costs.

In the mid 1980s, some international drug companies were putting up their charges to exorbitant rates, so the Australia gov't allowed chemists to stock generic drugs if some patent drugs were too expensive.
If you have a patent drug from a particular drug company in Sth Africa, you may only be able to get a generic drug, performing the same action, in Australia, if that particular drug company is selling their drugs on the Australian market too dearly . . . . so . . . be flexible and don't necessarily expect to get "Hippophantus" on the Australian shelves when "Skippyfloo" does the same job, is recommended by the local Australian GP, and is sold by the drug company making the stuff for a quarter of the price to the Australian chemist.

A visit to an Australian GP is covered by Medicare. You get 85% rebate back of the scheduled fee for a particular service.
A 10 or 20 minute consultation is charged at a certain rate by the GP.
He / she may charge the "scheduled fee" rate which is a rate set down by Medicare as fair for the service provided by GPs in Australia for a 10 minute consultation, say.
The GP may charge more or less than the Medicare "scheduled fee" and you must pay the "gap" completely yourself.
If a 10 minute consultation is scheduled at being $30, then you get back 85% of the scheduled fee ($30) which is $25.50, leaving you to pay the remaining $4.50 yourself for the consultation.
If, however, the GP likes to charge more than the scheduled fee (like my GP does :blink: ) then you pay the balance yourself between the scheduled fee and his / her charge.
My GP charges $40 for a 10 minute consultation, so I get back only 85% of $30 ($25.50) leaving me to pay the remaining 15% ($4.50) and the $10 "gap" between the scheduled fee of $30 and his charge of $40.
I therefore end up paying $14.50 for a 10 min consultation, whereas some people find a GP only charging the scheduled fee ($30) for 10 minutes consultation and only end up paying $4.50
I'm just not a good businessman . . . but I do like a GP if feel I can trust!

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 08:30 PM

Hi Rieke

Do you have any idea if they have Tegretol (for epilepsy) in Australia, and how much it is......have been trying to find it on web sites but no luck....I have a two year old who is on it for chronic medication.

Thanks
Robyn



Yes they do:

Tegretol Syrup 300ml $18.15

Tegretol Tab 100mg (200) $22.95

Tegretol 200mg (200) $34.00

Tegretol-CR Tab 200mg (200) $30.70

Tegretol-CR Tab 400mg (200) $30.70

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 09:22 PM

Yes they do:

Tegretol Syrup 300ml $18.15

Tegretol Tab 100mg (200) $22.95

Tegretol 200mg (200) $34.00

Tegretol-CR Tab 200mg (200) $30.70

Tegretol-CR Tab 400mg (200) $30.70



Thanks so much Riekie......it is so much cheaper than in SA, but nice to know I will be able to get it once we arrive there

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:29 AM

Drug Prices in Aus.

Amoxil 500mg (20) 9.95
Cipramil 20mg (28) 24.95
Feldene 20mg (25) 13.85
Lasix 40mg (100) 7.95
Minomycin 50mg (60) 16.45
Mobic 15mg (30) 30.95
Prozac 20mg (28) 28.95
Triphasil (4 months) 23.65
Valium 5mg (50) 7.45
Voltaren 50mg (50) 12.99
Zantac 150mg (60) 19.95
Zoloft 50mg (30) 31.24
Avomine Tabs 25mg (30) 8.95
Bactroban Nasal 17.95
Buscopan 10mg (100) 23.95
Cipramil 20mg (28) 24.95
Demazin Cold & Flu (24) 8.95
Diane-35 ED (1 Month) 18.95
Duromine 30mg (30) 87.95
Elocon Cream 15g 9.95
Lamisil Tabs 250mg (42) 132.95
Lipitor 10mg/20mg/40mg/80mg (30) 30.70
Lomotil 2.5mg (8) 6.85
Nexium 20mg (30) 30.70
Panadeine Caplets - Aussie version of Ponado (12) 5.60
Ponstan Caps (50) 14.95
Rhinocort Nasal Spray 31.95
Ritalin 10mg (100) 13.95
Roaccutane 10mg (60) 92.60
Telfast (6) 8.95
Viagra 25mg (4) 49.95
Xenical 120mg (42) 59.95
Zovirax Ointment 20.75

Hope this gives you an idea. If you want the price on any other item, post it here. :ilikeit:


Hi Riekie,

Can you perhaps find out what the costs are of Epilim and Seroquel - per 25mg Seroquel and 100 / 200mg Epilim - in Australia? (Epilim 1000mg and Seroquel 50 mg per day - chronic medication)

Many thanks for your help. :whome:

Edited by happy, 07 March 2008 - 12:40 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2008 - 03:00 AM

Hi Riekie

Please could you try find out the price of Cilift 20mg its an anti depressant. And those numbers in brackets is that the amount of tablets in the box?

Thanks
Natalie




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