• Before commencing to prescribe Buvidal® , email the pharmaceutical company Camurus at australia@camurus.com so they can advise you of the process to access the medicine.
  • Prescribers of Sublocade® will be able to access the medication through an order form available from: sublocadeorders@indivior.com or call 02 9025 0200. 
  • Healthcare Logistics Australia (HCL) will either deliver directly to the medical clinic or to a local pharmacy, as requested.

Delivery from an S8 licensed pharmacy via a prescription for a named patient. 

  1. Arrangements should be made with the pharmacy before beginning to prescribe.  Contact a local s8 licenced pharmacy to arrange ordering and delivery of the medicine to the health practitioner or their delegate. The pharmacy will need to have an account with HCL.
  2. Write the patient's prescription for depot buprenorphine and transmit it via fax and by post to the pharmacy. As with other OTP prescriptions it should not be given to the patient. 
  3. The pharmacy will deliver the depot to the medical practice. Depot buprenorphine must never be dispensed to a patient. Pharmacy delivery of depot buprenorphine requires medical and nurse practitioners to maintain a drug register and secure storage for the medicine. Pharmacies are likely to charge a dispensing and delivery fee.

Direct delivery from HCL

  • A medical or nurse practitioner, or their delegate, must place the order and take delivery of the medicine. A prescriber must maintain a drug register and secure storage. 
  • For Buvidal® this option is only available to accredited OTP medical and nurse practitioners. It is not a requirement to have direct delivery if you are an accredited prescriber, but it will reduce the medicine dispensing and handling costs for the patient.

The normal requirements for storage of drugs of addiction and maintenance of the drug register apply to depot buprenorphine. 

Orders for depot buprenorphine should be placed for immediate/imminent administration to a patient – within a day or two. The companies involved have indicated that they are able to arrange a delivery within 24 – 48 hours for most areas

Current as at: Thursday 28 January 2021