Migraines on PBS in Australia

BOTOX MIGRAINES NEWS FLASH for my fellow Australians. Chronic migraine is now listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1st March, 2014 for treatment with Botox by a certified injecting neurologist.

I will provide you with some links below should you like to pursue this option.

Simply bookmark this page should you want to come back to it later.

Then, at your leisure, you can come back for the details you need.

It takes me hours to surf through to the reliable information on the internet and now here it is for you in just a few clicks.

Now back to our topic and the criteria you will need to meet if you want to trial Botox to stop your attacks. YAY!

Botox Migraines on PBS in Australia

Botox Migraines in the News

Patients under this scheme will also be able to access a rebatable Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item number fee from certified neurologists.

This should mean it will be more accessible and affordable for us migraine sufferers who meet the criteria.

The first criterion that has to be met is that the patient suffers from chronic migraine for more than 14 headache days a month, and that more than 7 of these being migraine.
More information and the detailed forms you will need to fill out with the neurologist or certified injection professional and send to Medicare are attached as pdf’s. Here is the link for Medicare Australia.

Botox Migraines Criteria

In order for you to qualify for Botox treatment for your migraines these criteria must be met, as per the Medicare Australian Government website:
“Chronic Migraine for adult patients. The patient must have experienced an average of 15 or more headache days per month, with at least 8 days of migraine, over a period of at least 6 months, prior to commencement of treatment with botulinum toxin."

"Patient must have achieved and maintained a 50% or greater reduction from baseline in the number of headache days per month after two treatment cycles (each of 12 weeks duration) in order to be eligible for continuing PBS-subsidised treatment (Botox® only).”

From what I can tell, here are the two forms you will need to fill out with your specialist and to send to Medicare:

Request for reimbursement and authorisation (PB003) and

Acknowledgement form for chronic migraine (PB064)

On the Botulinum Toxin Acknowledgement form for Chronic Migraine – under section 4 there is the patient’s acknowledgement that says if you do not get a 50% reduction in the baseline number of headaches per month, after 2 treatment cycles, I am assuming they will no longer provide assistance.

If you would like more details form the neurologist I saw, who specializes in Botox here is his link:

Dr. Ng is one of very few certified professionals for Botox in Sydney, from my personal experience. I can recommend giving his offices a call, at the very least, for more information if you live in or near Sydney, Australia.

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Until next time, stay pain free,

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With this new information, what one thing can you do now to reduce your attacks?