About us

We are responsible for administration of the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 and the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008.

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Prescribers must comply with provisions of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods legislation when prescribing, administering, supplying and disposing scheduled medicines and poisons.

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Legislative requirements for pharmacists, including the supply of Schedule 8 drugs under the NSW Opioid Treatment Program, dispensing of prescriptions for psychostimulants and initiation and administration of vaccines.

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SafeScript NSW

SafeScript NSW is available to prescribers and pharmacists and gives real-time information about a patient's prescription history for certain high-risk medicines such as opioids and benzodiazepines. It supports clinical decision making and patient safety.


Information on medication handling, procurement, storage, prescribing, supplying, dispensing and administration within the NSW hospital system.

Residential care

Requirements for prescribing, dispensing and recording of scheduled substances at residential aged care facilities under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods legislation.

Licences and authorisations

Apply for or renew a licence to supply by wholesale scheduled substances, or apply for an authority to obtain or supply a scheduled substance.

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Cannabis medicines

Requirements for prescribing, supplying and dispensing cannabis medicines including manufacture, wholesale supply and storage.

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Other health practitioners

Other health practitioners authorised to be in possession of S4, S4D or S8 substances may include dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, ambulance officers, veterinary practitioners, pharmaceutical wholesalers and pharmaceutical manufacturing licence holders, and people in charge of a research or analysis laboratory.

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Loss or theft of medicines or prescriptions

The loss or theft of an S4 drug must immediately be notified to the Secretary of NSW Health.You can also report lost, stolen or forged prescription stationery or prescriptions and help reduce trafficking of drugs of abuse.

Patients and consumers

Information on managing chronic pain, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and treatment for opiate addiction.

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Current as at: Thursday 13 June 2024
Contact page owner: Pharmaceutical Services