Special temporary authority for emergency supply without a prescription

A special temporary authority to allow the pharmacist to supply prescription medicines (other than Schedule 4 Appendix D and Schedule 8 medicines) during the COVID-19 pandemic is in place until 30 September 2020.

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Free take home naloxone - Australian Government pilot program

NSW is participating in the Australian Government take home naloxone pilot which provides take home naloxone free of charge to people who may experience, or witness, an opioid overdose.

Nyxoid® nasal spray and Prenoxad® pre-filled syringe are available for free without a prescription at:
Naloxone is also available outside of the pilot on a prescription by a doctor or by consulting with a community pharmacist.

New authority reference number

NSW Health has implemented a new authority software system. In the new system the NSW Health prescribing authority number (a six digit –month - year reference number) has been replaced by a unique number prefixed with AU.
The new authority numbers are in the format AU56234.
The requirement for an authority reference number to appear on prescriptions applies to prescribing of dexamfetamine, lisdexamfetamine and methylphenidate where the prescriber is not generally authorised (ie approved psychiatrists and paediatricians practitioners issued with a CNS or s28c number) and Schedule 8 compounded medicines.
However where the prescriber is generally authorised, an additional authority number is not required for compounded dexamfetamine, lisdexamfetamine and methylphenidate.

Electronic National Residential Medication Chart Trials

Approval to trial electronic forms of the National Residential Medication Chart (an eNRMC) at specific residential care facilities (RCFs) and community pharmacies has been issued to the following software vendors:

  • Best Health Solutions
  • Medi-Map
  • Webstercare

Use of the eNRMC must comply with the National Health (Electronic National Residential Medication Chart Trial) Special Arrangement 2018. Only the RCFs and community pharmacies in the Schedule of the Special Arrangement may use an eNRMC.

Under the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 electronic prescribing on an eNRMC can be used:

  • as a form of prescription for pharmacist dispensing, and
  • as a form of medication chart order to direct administration by RCF staff.

This applies to all medicines prescribed for RCF residents (that is, PBS and non-PBS).

Page Updated: Thursday 2 April 2020
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