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.

NSW Health has introduced new authority application forms. These new forms are quicker to complete and require less information and supporting documentation from prescribers. The new application forms are pdf fillable.

In the initial period following release of the new forms, both new and old forms will be accepted. From 1 February 2023 old application forms will no longer be accepted.

To apply, complete the form  Application for authority to prescribe or supply a Schedule 8 drug - alprazolam or flunitrazepam (Updated form).

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.​

Current as at: Friday 25 November 2022
Contact page owner: Pharmaceutical Services