NSW extends emergency dispensing authority.
Pharmacists in NSW will be able to dispense maximum Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) quantities of prescription medications to patients without a prescription until 30 September, under measures announced by the State Government today.
The move came in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and extends the special authority granted to pharmacists during the bushfire crisis earlier this year, which was due to expire on 31 March.
Before dispensing, pharmacists must be satisfied there is an immediate need for the medication, and where it is impractical to obtain a prescription, the medication must have been previously prescribed for the patient.
Welcoming the decision to extend the emergency prescribing measures, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia NSW Branch President, Peter Carroll, said the announcement was “very sensible”.
“We are hearing from patients that their GPs are overwhelmed and it can be difficult to get an appointment,” he said.
“This flexible approach to health care will ensure pharmacists can continue to support the community during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
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