Experts in the Media

Dr Lucy Caratti – ABC


Calls to include newer menopause drugs on PBS, as $60-a-month cost for treatment adds up.

Australian women are being misled by outdated and old-fashioned medicines for menopause on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), a women’s health physician says.

While there have been advances in menopause drugs, the list of subsidised drugs available cheaply to Australians on the PBS has not kept up, Dr Lucy Caratti says.

The women’s health expert and integrative doctor says the newer drugs have fewer serious side effects compared to the old drugs which are derived from the 1960s when menopause was first identified as a hormone deficiency syndrome….