The PBS Hospital Medication Chart published by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care may be used as a form of prescription under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008.
The PBS Hospital Medication Chart may be used at a private health facility licensed under the Private Health Facilities Act 2007. Prescribing and dispensing of both Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medications and non-PBS medicines is allowed.
The forms of PBS Hospital Medication Chart eligible for use are available from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
Pharmacist dispensing of the medication must be on a clear and legible duplicate copy of the prescription in accordance with the supply requirements in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Hospital Medication Chart (PBS HMC) User Guide (on pages 16 and 17). The prescription can only be dispensed at the pharmacy named on the prescription.
The pharmacist must endorse each supply on the duplicate copy of the prescription. The duplicate copy of the prescription must be retained at the pharmacy for a period of two years following the most recent supply.
A prescription issued on the PBS Hospital Medication Chart must include the following details:
The details at 4 to 10 above must be in the handwriting of the authorised practitioner by whom the prescription is issued.
The prescription must be issued with any authority numbers or endorsements required under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008.
The prescriber must confirm any dose that could be regarded as being dangerous or unusual by underlining the part of the prescription that specifies the intended dose and by initialling the prescription in the margin.
The prescription may include more than one Schedule 8 preparation or both a Schedule 8 preparation and another preparation.
For further information on use of the PBS Hospital Medication Chart contact the Duty Pharmaceutical Officer at the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit, NSW Ministry of Health by telephone on (02) 9391 9944 or email MOH-PharmaceuticalServices@health.nsw.gov.au.