SafeScript NSW can now be used to submit applications and receive approvals online for Schedule 8 medicines under the NSW Opioid Treatment program. SafeScript NSW allows you to monitor and track your approvals in real time and see your patient's approval history.
OTP medicines are part of the Section 100 Highly Specialised Drugs (HSD) Program (Community Access) arrangements. For further information, including FAQs and example PBS scripts see Opioid Treatment Program – Transition to Section 100 Highly Specialised Drugs Program.
Prescribers are responsible for notifying the NSW Ministry of Health of any permanent change to a NSW OTP patient's dosing point. Dosing point changes can be made in SafeScript NSW. If you are unable to register for SafeScript NSW the
NSW Opioid Treatment Program: Notification of Permanent Change in Dosing Point (updated form) can be used for this purpose.
NSW OTP prescribers are required to arrange a locum when they are going on planned leave. The locum will ideally be experienced in the management of drug dependent patients and if possible, the locum should be an accredited prescriber. Please fax advice about locum arrangements to the OTP section, Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit on (02) 9424 5885.
NSW OTP prescribers are required to notify by writing to the Ministry of Health of any overseas travel arrangement for an OTP patient. General advice regarding arrangements for travel is provided in section 3.5 of the
NSW Opioid Treatment Program: clinical guidelines for methadone and buprenorphine treatment of opioid dependence. Further advice should be sought from
Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) or
Smartraveller regarding travelling with any prescribed medication overseas.
For the Opioid Treatment Program the approved prescriber is also advised to:
Methadone tablets should not be prescribed as a Pharmaceutical Benefit subsidised by Medicare Australia and the patient will be required to pay the full cost of the medication. For extended overseas stay (generally > 30 days), prescribers should arrange for local dosing services at the destination.
For information regarding Opioid Treatment Programs in overseas countries, refer to the
Travel Resource Centre or contact the
respective embassies in Australia.
Interstate prescribers who wish to temporarily transfer a patient to the NSW OTP are required to complete and submit an
Application for Temporary Interstate Transfer to NSW Opioid Treatment Program.
Interstate prescribers who wish to permanently transfer a patient to the NSW OTP are advised to liaise with local clinics or accredited private prescribers in NSW. While arrangements are being for a NSW accredited prescriber to take over management of the patient, an application for temporary interstate transfer can be made.
Interstate prescribers interested in obtaining accreditation in NSW should contact Clinical Policy, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Centre for Population Health on (02) 9391 9000.
In some states and territories, a NSW prescription for methadone or buprenorphine for an OTP patient may be dispensed. Specific prescribing requirements can be obtained by contacting the relevant state or territory: