NSW will provide prescribers and pharmacists with real-time information about a patient’s prescription history for certain high-risk medicines to improve clinical decision making and patient safety.
The NSW Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) is an opioid pharmacotherapy substitution program for patients with opioid dependence. The OTP seeks to reduce the social, economic and health harm associated with opioid use.
In NSW, pharmacists are required to ensure that prescriptions meet legislative requirements prior to dispensing a psychostimulant (e.g. dexamfetamine, Concerta®, Ritalin®, Ritalin LA®, Vyvanse®).
A registered pharmacist may initiate and administer vaccines under their own authority to patients in a NSW retail pharmacy.
Guides to legislative requirements for handling drugs, including the supply of drugs of addiction and restricted substances.
Prior written authority from the Secretary of NSW Health is required to prescribe or compound any unregistered S8 medicine. A pharmacist can compound and dispense such a medicine only on receipt of an original written prescription including the NSW Health authority number issued to the prescriber.
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.