The range of valid prescription formats is described below.
In the situation where the patient is not able to obtain a prescription, it is possible that a prescription medicine could be provided under the conditions described below.
The prescriber handwrites and hand-signs a paper prescription.
The prescriber generates the prescription using prescribing software, prints the prescription, and hand-signs it.
The prescription must comply with the
Criteria for Issuing Non-Handwritten (Computer-Generated) Prescriptions (TG 184). Key criteria include:
Prescriptions issued using a public hospital electronic medication management system with Cerner Prescription Output Version 2 comply with TG184. See the
Factsheet for Community Pharmacies: Computer generated prescription formats from NSW public health facilities.
Image-based prescriptions are only valid for dispensing at public health organisations.
An image-based prescription is an image (photo or scan) of a hand-written and signed paper prescription or a computer-generated (via prescribing software), printed and hand-signed prescription. The original physical paper prescription does not need to be sent to the pharmacist.
See also Hospitals.
Under clause 45 of the Regulation a pharmacist can supply up to 7 days treatment or the smallest standard pack of a liquid, inhaler, cream, or ointment of a prescription medicine (other than Schedule 4 Appendix D and Schedule 8 medicines), without a prescription, for essential treatment, to a patient who has previously been prescribed the medicine, there is an immediate need for continuation of treatment and it is not practicable for the patient to obtain a prescription.