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Trends in psychotropic drugs dispensing 1967-1977: The impact of government controls in Australia

  • Political Science


In the seventies, the bulk of Australian prescribing outside of hospitals took place under a government subsidised scheme known as the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Using two sources of data, one from PBS dispensing only, and the other including private sales, trends in the volume of dispensing of three groups of psychotropic drugs--minor tranquillisers, antidepressants and hypnosedatives --are discussed. The effects on volume dispensed of changes in conditions of subsidy for psychotropic drugs covered by the Scheme has varied, and though the listing of a psychotropic drug for general use alters the share of the market taken by the PBS, there is little evidence that it alters the overall market for the drug.

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