To obtain pharmaceutical benefits for medication you currently
need to show diagnosis of an osteoporotic fracture. If referred by
your doctor, Osteoscan will perform a low dose Digital Spinal X-Ray
that can diagnose fractures and confirm eligibilty.
Parathyroid hormone is not available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and can not be used for more than 18 months. Hormone Therapy medication is available without a fracture being diagnosed. Strontium ranelate is not yet available in Australia. It is important to take medication exactly as prescribed to get full benefits.
Note: Medicare and PBS eligibility is subject to changes in Government policy