Painkillers and antacids may be removed from subsidised medicines list

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme review told stripping out paracetamol, aspirin and antacids would save budget millions

Paracetamol and aspirin could be taken off Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in a proposed budget measure designed to save millions of dollars.

The pharmaceutical benefits advisory committee is reviewing the PBS and the proposal to remove medications such as paracetamol and antacids has the cautious support of the opposition. Labor’s health spokeswoman, Catherine King, has called it “sensible”.

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