Nicotine replacement therapy
From 1 October 2017 pharmacists will be able to provide funded nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) without a prescription from a prescriber.
This information relates only to the funding of nicotine replacement therapy. For more information on providing Smoking Cessation Services, pharmacists should either:
- contact their pharmacy portfolio manager, or
- go to the TAS website.(external link)
Information pharmacists will need to know to provide funded NRT without a prescription
- Pharmacists will be able to initiate funded access to NRT for patients without a prescription from a prescriber.
- They will be able to provide up to three months’ supply of NRT in monthly lots (meeting all the Pharmaceutical Schedule rules that apply) from 1 October 2017.
- This will include any of the nicotine products listed in Section B of the Pharmaceutical Schedule, ie nicotine patches, gum and lozenges.
How has the Pharmaceutical Schedule changed to make this happen?
A new rule has been added to the Schedule to allow non-prescribing practitioners to supply specified funded pharmaceuticals. Non-prescribing practitioners include Quitcard providers, vaccinators and pharmacists.
A pharmacist will be able to provide specified funded pharmaceuticals where there is a note in the Schedule that says:
Note: may be provided by a pharmacist under the non-prescribing Practitioners provisions in Part III of Section A
From 1 October 2017 this note will apply to nicotine replacement therapy.
Last updated: 5 March 2019