Non-approved pharmacy loophole closes

Amendments to the PBS come into effect today that close the alleged loophole through which reimbursement could be claimed from non-approved pharmacies.

Following consultation with industry stakeholders on a draft amendment earlier in 2014, an additional condition has been added to the National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits) (Conditions of approval for approved pharmacists) Determination 2007.

The new condition clearly states that an approved pharmacist must not make a claim for payment for the supply of a pharmaceutical benefit unless the pharmaceutical benefit was supplied at or from the pharmacist