Hepatitis B Dispensing

Summary

  • Hepatitis B s100 prescriptions written after 1 July 2015 will be able to be dispensed in community pharmacy.
  • Community pharmacists will become an integral part of the hepatitis B care team, when people living with hepatitis B will be able to choose to have their s100 medications dispensed in the community.
  • ASHM is extending complementary ASHM membership for the 2015-2016 membership year to community pharmacists.​​​

 

Community Pharmacy Dispensing of Hepatitis B s100 Medications

From 1 July 2015 pharmacists will be able to dispense Hepatitis B s100 medications irrespective of whether the prescription originated in the community or from a public hospital. Scripts must be written after 1 July 2015. Scripts from before 1 July 2015 will still be honoured but the patient will need to attend the pharmacy they currently use.

The process to prescribe these medicines will be the same for all prescribers, with streamlined PBS Authority prescription requirements applying for community, private and public hospital based prescribers. Telephone-based PBS Authority approval will still be required prior to prescribing increased PBS quantities and/or increased repeats.

Community based practitioners must be authorised under state and territory arrangements to prescribe hepatitis B medicines. All other prescriber eligibility criteria required under the PBS remain the same.

Further information about the scheme is available on the New Options for HIV and Hepatitis B Medicine Supply Frequently Asked Questions document.

Information may also be found on the PBS website and through the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

 

Key Points

Hepatitis B drugs remain s100 and special arrangements are being put in place.

All pharmacies will be able to dispense hepatitis B s100 drugs, irrespective of where the prescription originated.

Pharmacists do not need to keep stock on the shelf, supply can be just-in-time.

Discuss individual arrangements with clients to suit their needs and your ordering processes

Treatment remains life-long.

It is vital that drugs are taken as prescribed without dose interruptions or missed dose.

ASHM is advising clinicians and their patients to get scripts filled a week before they run out of pills. 

It is anticipated that some pharmacists will fill hepatitis B s100 scripts on a just-in-time basis. Some pharmacies with a higher prevalence of hepatitis B in their area, near a hepatitis B treatment service or community hepatitis B prescriber may stock medications. These pharmacists will play an increasingly important role in the ongoing care of people living with hepatitis B.

Community based practitioners must be authorised under state and territory arrangements to prescribe hepatitis B medicines. 

Please send us an email to enquire about upcoming Prescriber Accreditation courses.

All other prescriber eligibility criteria required under the PBS remain the same.

 

Information for Prescribing Clinicians

Communique 1: Preliminary details about the program (June 2015)​​

For further information on hepatitis B see www.hepatitisb.org.au

 

Information for Consumers

Information for consumers is available on the Positive Life website​