Pharmacy continued dispensing rule made permanent

Introduced as a temporary measure two years ago, they allow a month's supply of common medicines to be dispensed without a script.

The Federal Government is permanently going to allow pharmacists to dispense an extra month’s supply of common medicines without a script —over the protests of the RACGP.  


Introduced in response to the 2019-20 bushfires and then extended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the continued dispensing rules allow pharmacists to dispense extra medicines once per patient every 12 months.

But earlier this year, the PBAC suggested