Information about prescribing, dispensing, and claiming HSD


Highly Specialised Drugs (HSD) are subsidised through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) andare administered under Section 100 of the National Health Act 1953[1]. HSD are for the treatment ofcomplex medical conditions which require ongoing specialised medical supervision.

HSD are listed in the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits (the Schedule) under the following programs:

1. Highly Specialised Drugs Program (Public Hospital), identified in the Schedule as S100 HSDPublic and,
2. Highly Specialised Drugs Program (Private Hospital), identified in the Schedule as S100 HSD Private

Public and private hospital HSD are listed in the Schedule with separate item codes. Items are also listed in the Schedule as either:
• Authority required (STREAMLINED), or
• Authority requiredSome items are listed under the HSD program and in the General Schedule but may be listed with different 
   restriction criteria. Refer to the Schedule for more information

Regulation 24 arrangements apply, where appropriate. 



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