In response to the increasing illicit use of alprazolam and evidence of alprazolam dependence, alprazolam was up-scheduled from Schedule 4 to Schedule 8 of the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons on 1 February 2014.
An authority from the NSW Ministry of Health is required to prescribe alprazolam or flunitrazepam for
- a drug dependent person or
- a non-drug dependent person who is prescribed alprazolam or flunitrazepam continuously for more than 2 months.
To apply, complete the form Application for Authority to Prescribe a Schedule 8 Drug - Alprazolam or Flunitrazepam.
The up-scheduling of alprazolam to Schedule 8 applied to all forms and preparations of alprazolam. Currently available alprazolam brands include: Alprax, GenRx Alprazolam, and Kalma.
For further information or clarification contact the Duty Pharmaceutical Officer, Pharmaceutical Services, during business hours on (02) 9391 9944.