Eye - diabetic macular oedema

The PBS subsidises aflibercept, dexamethasone intravitreal implant and ranibizumab for patients with diabetic macular oedema (DMO).

You’ll get an immediate assessment when you request PBS authorities online.

Patient eligibility

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidises treatment with aflibercept, dexamethasone intravitreal implant and ranibizumab under the National Health Act 1953, section 85 for patients with DMO.

Patients must be eligible for the PBS and meet the relevant restriction criteria.

The Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits on the PBS website outlines the restrictions for prescribing aflibercept, dexamethasone intravitreal implant and ranibizumab.

Treatment specifics

To be eligible for PBS-subsidised treatment with these medications, patients must be treated by:

  • an ophthalmologist
  • an accredited ophthalmology registrar in consultation with an ophthalmologist.

Authority applications

Applying for initial treatment

Applications for initial authority approval to prescribe PBS-subsidised aflibercept, dexamethasone intravitreal implant and ranibizumab to treat DMO can be made either in:

All applications must include the completed:

Applications to move between different drugs to treat DMO will require a new initial authority application to be completed.

Applying for continuing treatment

Continuing PBS-subsidised treatment with aflibercept, dexamethasone intravitreal implant and ranibizumab is Authority Required (Streamlined). You don’t need authority approval from us for the listed quantities and repeats.

More information

Call the PBS Complex Drugs Programs enquiry line for more information.

Page last updated: 1 November 2022