Champix now available twice a year on the PBS

Posted by DrMendelsohn on 2 October, 2014

champix_1_web.jpgFrom 1 October 2014, smokers are now permitted 2 courses of Champix (varenicline) per year on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). (1) Previously only one subsidised course of treatment was available in a 12 month period.

This means that smokers who have tried Champix and were unsuccessful can have a second course after 6 months, instead of waiting 12 months.

Champix is the most effective single medication used to assist smokers quit. It is 60% more effective than nicotine patches or Zyban. (2)

Champix works in the brain by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms after quitting. It also reduces the enjoyment of a cigarette if you are tempted to smoke. It is not addictive or habit forming. Click here to find out more about Champix.

Each month’s supply is available on a doctor’s prescription for $36.90. For pensioners and concession card holders the cost is only $6.

 

References

1) Pfizer media release on the amended PBS listing

2) Cahill K. Pharmacological interventions for smoking cessation. An overview and network meta-analysis. Cochrane review 2013

 

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