Highly specialised drugs

Receipting HSD prescriptions

Information for receipting HSD prescriptions.


For receipting HSD prescriptions, the patient, or an agent of the patient, must sign and date the HSD prescription, when supplied, to certify they have received the medicine. Agents acting on behalf of the patient must sign, date and write their own address on the receipt. The approved pharmacist must certify the benefit was supplied where it is impractical to get a receipt or acknowledgement from the patient or their agent.

A certification must include:

  • the reason why a receipt could not be received from the patient or agent
  • the date of supply, and
  • the pharmacist’s name and signature

Other pharmacy staff must not act as an agent or certify supply in the ordinary course of pharmacy business.

PBS Safety Net for HSDs

All PBS HSDs dispensed under this initiative will count towards an eligible person's PBS Safety Net threshold.

Under the PBS Safety Net, patients receive additional PBS benefits when their annual
out-of-pocket cost for prescription items exceeds a specified threshold. The PBS Safety Net threshold can be reached using prescriptions filled at community pharmacies, friendly societies and public hospitals.

This information was printed Monday 20 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/services/medicare/highly-specialised-drugs/about/receipting-hsd-prescriptions It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.

Page last updated: 22 February 2019