Schedule 8 (S8) substances are labelled 'Controlled drug'. They are medicines that can only be supplied by a pharmacist on prescription and are subject to tight restrictions because of their potential to produce addiction. They are often referred to as 'drugs of addiction'. Morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl are examples of S8 drugs.
For information on storage, supply, access, recording, destruction of S8s and drug registers, refer to Frequently asked questions - Schedule 8 (S8) medicines.
S4D drugs are called 'prescribed restricted substances' and include drugs that may be abused and/or are liable to cause dependence. Anabolic androgenic steroids, barbiturates and benzodiazepines are examples of S4Ds.
The supply of Schedule 8 (S8) and Schedule 4 Appendix D (S4D) drugs are subject to special requirements.
For information on dispensing of S8s, S4s and S4Ds, refer to Frequently asked questions - Dispensing S8 or S4 prescriptions.
The supply of Schedule 2 (S2), Schedule 3 (S3) and Schedule 4 (S4) substances in NSW are subject to requirements of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act and its associated Regulation.
For information on the supply of these substances, refer to Frequently asked questions - Supply of medicines.
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Topics on record keeping, storage of medicines, and privacy:
Frequently asked questions - record keeping, storage and privacy
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Frequently asked questions
A new standard national medication chart is being trialled at some residential aged care facilities.
The pilot program includes the provision for only the community pharmacy that regularly dispenses medications for the particular residential aged care facility taking part in the pilot to use a copy of the National Residential Medication Chart (NMRC) as a prescription.