What storm-struck pharmacists need to know

The Federal health department has issued the following advice to pharmacists affected by cyclone Debbie.

Patient entitlement

If patients don’t have their Medicare, Centrelink or DVA card, call the PBS advice line on 132 290 (option 1)

Dispensing medicines without a prescription: three-day rule

Patients can be supplied a three-day supply of medication without a prescription, under state emergency supply provisions.

Dispensing using the ‘owning prescription’ provision

Pharmacists can confirm the patient’s medication with their doctor. Doctors can also request pharmacists to supply medication. The doctor must send a paper prescription to the pharmacy as soon as practical.

Continued dispensing

Pharmacists are allowed to dispense urgent supplies of oral contraceptives and