How not to fall foul of the law on S8 drugs

Navigate the prescribing pitfalls by ensuring you know the legal requirements and follow the right processes, writes Dr Craig Lilienthal

In a recent Medical Council of NSW newsletter, an article asks: “Do you know what authorities you need to issue prescriptions?”

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It’s a good question and designed to remind doctors of the processes we must follow to prescribe Schedule 8 drugs of addiction and certain psychostimulants.

The two necessary steps are the standard PBS Authority plus the less common NSW Ministry of Health Authority.

There are similar requirements in all states and territories. The latter document is required when we