16 April 2015
ASHM has released a Communique regarding the community dispensing of HIV Highly Specialised Drugs, which comes into effect on 1st July 2015.
The Communique reads:
We have received some additional advice regarding dispensing arrangements for HIV s100 drugs in the community.
The new arrangements will standardise the prescribing for HIV s100 drugs. Hospital and community prescribers will be able to prescribe using a streamlined authority and this will be able to be dispensed in the hospital or community pharmacy. BUT THE SCRIPT MUST BE WRITTEN ON OR AFTER 1 JULY 2015.
Existing prescriptions written before 1 July 2015 will not be able to be dispensed in the community. These prescriptions will not be reimbursed in the community, and will have to be dispensed in the hospital pharmacy.
To access drugs in the community from July 1 patients will need to have a new prescription written on or after1 July. The reason for this is the new arrangements will come into effect, with a new streamline authority number, and the older arrangements will be phased out. But scripts written before 1 July 2015 will be honoured in the hospital setting, or where they have been dispensed previously.
We are still awaiting more details on the details for the rollout of community dispensing. But I thought it was very important to pass this detail on now as we had all been working under the incorrect assumption that existing prescriptions would be honoured. Community agencies will be getting this information out to people living with HIV and I thought it was important to let clinicians know so that you can advise your patients.
We will provide full details about the program as soon as these come to hand.