Petition Update

Updated Petition: I have placed the statistics in this announcement.

Tony Nikollaj
Sydney, Australia

Jul 31, 2012 — Statistics.

In Australia the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) provide Australian citizens with Government subsidised medications . Both these services allow Australian citizens to access affordable reliable pharmaceutical products by subsidising medicines under the Australian Governments broader National Medicines Policy. The RPBS is subsidised by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and can be used by veterans who have DVA White, Gold or Orange Card.

There were over 22 million PBS- and RPBS-subsidised prescriptions for mental health-related medications in 2009–10, accounting for 11% of all subsidised prescriptions. 85% of the mental health-related subsidised prescriptions were provided by GPs, with another 9% being prescribed by psychiatrists and 5% by non-psychiatrist specialists.

In 2008/2009 there were approximately 61,811 children aged 2-21 taking at least one prescription of antidepressant listed on the Pharmaceut