High public interest does not guarantee affordability
Alcohol dependence is a common, disabling and costly medical condition that affects 4% of Australian adults.1,2 Several pharmacological therapies are now available in Australia to treat alcohol dependence, including disulfiram, acamprosate and naltrexone. While all three medicines are registered in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), only acamprosate and naltrexone are listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Recent reviews show that supervised administration of disulfiram is both effective and safe. Accordingly, disulfiram should be made more available and accessible through PBS listing.
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