Pharmacists in NSW can dispense a prescription for most medicines using an image of the prescription, rather than requiring a paper prescription.
This temporary measure will better support patients, prescribers and pharmacists during the COVID-19 response, and allow better integration of the prescription and supply of medicines with the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 response telehealth reforms.
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 31 December 2021.
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:
Under exemptions to the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 electronic prescribing on an eNRMC can be used:
This applies to all medicines prescribed for RCF residents (that is, PBS and non-PBS).