Govt promises MBS item for prescribing nicotine e-cigarettes
GPs will soon be able to access new telehealth Medicare items for smoking cessation consults where they can write scripts for nicotine e-cigarettes.
From October, a doctor’s prescription will be required before a person can legally import nicotine e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine.
The move is designed to curtail use of e-cigarettes, particularly among the young.
But it will also mean more GPs will be able to prescribe them to patients as a smoking cessation product of last resort, and potentially without having to go through the TGA’s special