Growth Hormone deficiency - paediatric patients

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidises sompatropin treatment for eligible paediatric patients with severe growth hormone deficiency.

You can now get PBS authority approvals for the Growth Hormone Program online and in real time. Find out how you can join the other clinicians that are now using the Online PBS Authorities system.

Patient eligibility

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 somatropin.

Section 100 arrangements

Somatropin may be dispensed at a:

  • community pharmacy
  • participating PBS reform public hospital pharmacy
  • private hospital pharmacy.

Treatment specifics

To be eligible for PBS subsidised treatment with somatropin, patients must be treated by an endocrinologist for initial and continuing treatments.

Prescribers can write prescriptions for brand specific Growth Hormone (GH) medicines. This must be written on the prescription and include the form and strength. That medicine must also be used for the original and repeats.

If you need to change brands during a patient’s treatment, you must apply for authority approval from Services Australia.

Applications

You can now get immediate PBS authority assessment results for Growth Hormone Authority requests. You submit your authority application through the Online PBS Authorities system (OPA).

You can access the OPA through:

Use the OPA to:

  • get an immediate authority assessment
  • reduce the waiting period for approved authority prescriptions
  • submit authority applications 24/7
  • cancel or amend an approved application not already dispensed
  • ask about your previous authority requests for a period of up to 2 years.

Use your Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account to access the Online PBS Authorities system. PRODA provides secure access to online government services. If you don’t have an account yet, register now.

Find out how you can join the other clinicians that are now using the Online PBS Authorities system.

Video demonstration

We have produced video showing how to request a Growth Hormone online authority.

We have produced video showing how to edit a rejected a Growth Hormone online authority.

Initial treatment

Apply for authority approval to prescribe initial PBS subsidised somatropin and either:

All written applications submitted through HPOS form upload or mail must include the completed:

Use the PBS Growth Hormone Program Paediatric dose and cartridge quantity calculator on the PBS website to help you calculate the correct quantity and weekly dose for your patient.

Continuing treatment

Apply for authority approval to prescribe continuing PBS subsidised somatropin and either:

All written applications submitted through HPOS form upload or mail must include the completed:

Use the PBS Growth Hormone Program Paediatric dose and cartridge quantity calculator on the PBS website to help you calculate the correct quantity and weekly dose for your patient.

Read more about the medicine form types available under the Growth Hormone Program on the PBS website.

Further information

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

Page last updated: 23 February 2021