Since changes to NSW legislation came into effect on 1 August 2016, medical practitioners have been able to apply to NSW Health for authority to prescribe and supply Schedule (S8) cannabis medicines, including those not on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
Products containing only the Schedule 4 substance cannabidiol do not require a NSW Health authority therefore data is not held by the Ministry of Health.
In the period 1 August 2016 to 30 September 2018, NSW Health received 801 applications for authority to prescribe and supply S8 cannabis medicines (including registered and unregistered products) for the treatment of individual patients. These figures exclude treatment of individuals as part of a clinical trial.
Figure 1 below shows the cumulative number of applications to prescribe a S8 cannabis medicine received for the period 1 August 2016 to 30 September 2018.
Source: NSW Ministry of Health (2/11/18)
Figure 2 below shows the outcome of applications received to prescribe a S8 cannabis medicine for the period 1 August 2016 to 30 September 2018.
Source: NSW Ministry of Heath (2/11/18)
Note that where an application is incomplete the Ministry requests further information from the prescriber to enable the application to be considered. In some cases the prescriber chooses to withdraw an application.