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Pricing and buying options

Buying options

There are different ways to buy PrEP in Australia. All options require a valid prescription.

 

If you have access to Medicare you can buy PrEP from any Australian pharmacy. Since April 1, 2018, PrEP is available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) as a government subsidised medicine, so you'll pay no more than $40.30 for 30 days' supply. If you have a concession, you'll pay no more than $6.50 for 30 days' supply.

Three for the price of one PrEP is now available by post anywhere in Australia for people with access to Medicare. This is made possible by a charitable donation that pays for two bottles of PrEP when you buy one bottle of PrEP from a group of Australian pharmacies. This costs $50 for 90 days' supply, or $16.50 with a valid concession; delivery is included.

If you don't have access to Medicare, you can still buy PrEP from any Australian pharmacy but it will likely cost upwards from around $170 for 30 days' supply.

Whether you do or don't have access to Medicare, you can choose to import PrEP from an online pharmacy for home delivery. Prices start from around $20 for 30 days' supply.

If you have access to Medicare, additional subsidies may be available for people with a concession, for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people under the Closing the Gap scheme, or for people who buy other PBS medicines under the PBS Safety Net threshold. You can find more information in this guide: How to buy PrEP – even if you can’t afford it

Price watch

PrEP'D For Change produces a monthly price watch chart which is also shared on our Facebook Group. The chart includes options for buying PrEP in any Australian pharmacy at the PBS price, as well as competitively priced options for personal importation.

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Free PrEP

If you are unable to afford PrEP for any reason, financial assistance schemes offering free PrEP are available.

 

If you're in the Australian Capital Territory, the AIDS Action Council of the ACT provides free PrEP coupons. Check out more details online.

 

If you're in Western Australia, M Clinic provides free PrEP coupons. Check out more details online.

 

If you're anywhere in Australia, PAN (PrEPaccessNOW) provides free coupons. Check out more details online.

 
 

Three for the price of one PrEP

Prepped Smart & Healthy is a registered Australian not-for-profit associated incorporation that donates the cost of two months of PrEP to people who buy PrEP from a group of Australian pharmacies.

This means when you get your regular supply of three months’ worth of PrEP, you’ll pay for one bottle at the standard PBS price and the other two bottles of are paid for by charitable donation on your behalf.

The cost for three month's supply of PrEP through Prepped Smart & Healthy is $50.00 (including postage), or $16.50 (including postage) for people with a valid concession.

Anyone in Australia can take up this offer with the following conditions:

  • You must have a valid Australian Medicare card

  • You must have a valid PBS prescription

  • If you are unable to attend a participating pharmacy, you can scan and email the prescription — you must also post your original prescription using the PO Box address provided

  • You must pay the current PBS co-payment at time of supply for one bottle of PrEP

To access this offer online, prescriptions must be emailed to preppedsmarthealthy@outlook.com and the original posted to:


PREPPED SMART AND HEALTHY INC
PO Box 25111
Melbourne 3004

 

A representative from Prepped Smart & Healthy will contact you to make payment with a credit or debit card over the phone.

 

Buying PrEP from one of the pharmacies that provide the three for one offer helps support the businesses which support the charity that supports you.
 

 
 

Local pharmacies

PrEP is available to purchase from any local pharmacy in Australia. However, not all pharmacies might have it in stock at all times. It's still possible for your pharmacist to order it in for you, though this might take a few days to arrive.

 

Some local pharmacies offer a postal service, which requires you to post the paper copy of your prescription before receiving your PrEP. Centre Pharmacy in Adelaide offers free delivery anywhere within Australia for PrEP on the PBS.

 

If you're buying PrEP from a local pharmacy there are different versions of PrEP subsidised on the PBS. You might not always get the same brand of medicine every time, but all versions of PrEP are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and are considered to have bioequivalence. This means for all intents and purposes they're the same, even though ingredients, shape, size and colour of pills may vary.

 

In Australia, PBS listed versions of PrEP contain any one of these formulations:

  • Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300mg and Emtricitabine 200mg

  • Tenofovir Disoproxil Maleate 300mg and Emtricitabine 200mg

  • Tenofovir Disoproxil Phosphate 291mg and Emtricitabine 200mg

 

Personal importation

Anyone in Australia can personally import PrEP from an online pharmacy. Whether you do or don't have access to Medicare, the TGA's Personal Importation Scheme permits this with conditions.

 

The scheme allows you to buy PrEP for personal importation when:

  • you include a valid prescription; and

  • the PrEP you are importing is for your own use; and

  • the total quantity of PrEP imported does not exceed three months’ supply in any one shipment; and

  • the total quantity of PrEP imported within a 12 month period does not exceed 15 months’ supply of PrEP

 

Prices and delivery times may vary between online pharmacies. The most competitive and well-known online ones providing PrEP are:

 

You can find more information about personal importation in this guide: How to buy PrEP online for personal importation

* Purchases from Green Cross Pharmacy contribute towards coupon schemes providing free PrEP for people who cannot afford it.

 

Buying the right product online

The word 'PrEP' might not appear on your prescription or on product labels. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis and isn't the name of a medicine or product, so it's important to make sure you're choosing the right one when buying online.

 

Just like PrEP sold in Australian pharmacies, versions of PrEP sold in online pharmacies may have slightly different active ingredients. These differences do not alter the effectiveness of PrEP in any way, even though the colour, size and shape of pills may vary.

 

To ensure you’re buying the right product, check it contains any one of these formulations:

  • Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300mg and Emtricitabine 200mg

  • Tenofovir Disoproxil Maleate 300mg and Emtricitabine 200mg

  • Tenofovir Disoproxil Phosphate 291mg and Emtricitabine 200mg

 

Products containing Tenofovir Alafenamide, Tenofovir by itself, Emtricitabine by itself, or supplementary ingredients such as Efavirenz, Elvitegravir, Cobicistat, Lamivudine or Rilpirivine are different products and are not suitable for use as PrEP.