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Changes to Co-Payment for Highly Specialised Drugs in NSW

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We are pleased to inform you that from 1 October 2015, NSW residents who are patients of NSW public hospitals or authorised community prescribers in NSW will not be required to pay the patient co-payment for Section 100 (s100) Highly Specialised Drugs or

ASHM is pleased to inform you that from 1 October 2015, NSW residents who are patients of NSW public hospitals or authorised community prescribers in NSW will not be required to pay the patient co-payment for Section 100 (s100) Highly Specialised Drugs or s100 injectable and infusible chemotherapy medicines in NSW.

It is important that you discuss these changes with your patients when prescribing s100 Highly Specialised Drugs in NSW.

Please find a summary of key points and links to key resources below;

Key Information

  • This co-payment arrangement is only for NSW residents who are patients of NSW public hospitals or authorised community prescribers in NSW
  • Patients who live outside NSW will not have their co-payments covered in either a public hospital or community pharmacy.
  • Patients prescribed s100 Highly Specialised Drugs through NSW public hospitals or authorised community prescribers in NSW must consent to NSW Health meeting the co-payment on their behalf by signing a consent form (provided below).
  • Please contact ASHM if you have a patient who lives outside NSW.  
  • From 1 April 2016, patients will be able to consent for a period of 12 months.
  • The pharmacy will sight the consent form before dispensing and staple to the repeats.

Key Resources

Pharmacy Training

Positive Life and the Albion Street Centre are hosting a one-day forum on the 13th October  for community pharmacists to help them to strengthen their support for clients with HIV.  HIV s100 Prescribers are encouraged to attend as it will be a good opportunity to link in directly with their local pharmacists to find out what services the pharmacy offers other than dispensing – and possibly an opportunity for the prescribers to advise the pharmacists on what services they feel would be useful to their HIV patients. 

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