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Interim arrangements for prescriptions for supply of medicines

Ahead of the introduction of electronic prescribing later in the year, please be aware interim arrangements are now in place for prescribing to make supply of medicine more convenient following a telehealth consultation.  

Under the interim arrangements, a digital image (such a photo, scan or pdf) of a prescription can be sent electronically by the prescriber to the patient’s pharmacy of choice. This electronic copy can be used by the pharmacy to supply the medicine and claim from the PBS in the same way as a paper prescription. The pharmacy may communicate directly with the patient to arrange payment and to organise collection or home delivery of the medicines. 

Alternatively, the paper prescription can be sent by post to the patient. The prescription can then be taken to a pharmacy by a family member or friend. As part of the National Health Plan, electronic prescribing is being fast-tracked. Work to upgrade healthcare providers’ clinical software is well underway and is expected to be ready by May 2020. The Australian Government has announced the interim arrangements for prescribing will remain in place until 30 September 2020, or until full electronic prescribing rollout is implemented.  

Read more at NPS Medicinewise

Electronic Prescribing

The Digital Health Agency’s new Electronic Prescribing webpage has key information that clinicians will need to know in the lead up to EP which has been accelerated (scheduled for end of May 2020), and include details such as the Readiness Checklist (halfway down the page) as well as a number of Frequently Asked Questions.

The webpage has specifically dedicated quicklinks to Prescribers and Dispensers.