Psychiatrists welcome widened access to clozapine

Psychiatrists have welcomed changes to the PBS that allow clozapine to be prescribed outside a hospital setting and dispensed by community pharmacies for schizophrenia maintenance therapy.

The changes require psychiatrists and GPs to use the streamlined authority approval process and register with an appropriate clozapine patient monitoring system.

They must also order a blood test and review the results before each occasion of prescribing clozapine.

It is best to consider prescribing for a month of therapy rather than the full PBS maximum quantity of 200