PBS approved supplier

Approved suppliers can be an approved pharmacist, approved medical practitioner or approved hospital authority.

Pharmacy approvals are transferring to Health From 1 January 2019, the Department of Health (Health) will be responsible for PBS pharmacy approvals. We’ll start transitioning pharmacy approvals from 11 December 2018. From this date, you should send all pharmacy approval requests and queries directly to Health.

We’ll continue managing applications for PBS online claiming, including PKI certificates, ABN and tax invoice agreements, and PBS claims and payments. The PBS stationery ordering process will remain the same. To read more about these changes and the PBS approved suppliers, including where to send pharmacy applications, go to Health’s website.

Please lodge pharmacy approval applications and change of detail requests with Health.

You can email any questions about pharmacy approvals to pbsapprovedsuppliers@health.gov.au. Please don’t send applications by email, instead use Health’s portal on their website. Applications are too large to submit by email and might not get through. 

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What you need to know

Approved suppliers supply pharmaceutical benefit items or repatriation benefit items from a properly written prescription.

Suppliers can only supply pharmaceutical benefit items or repatriation benefit items from a properly written prescription.

In urgent cases, a medicine can be supplied before the written prescription has been supplied. A prescriber may advise the supplier of the details of the prescription, by phone or face to face or fax them the written, signed prescription. The original written prescription must be supplied later.

Suppliers are responsible for making entries on prescription record forms presented by patients.

Some private and public hospitals are approved to use a medication chart for prescribing medications.

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Information for pharmacists and those who want to get a new pharmacy, relocate a pharmacy or manage a pharmacy's arrangements.

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Becoming an approved PBS supplier - for medical practitioners

Information for medical practitioners on becoming an approved supplier of PBS subsidised medicines in an area that does not have a pharmacy.

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Becoming an approved PBS supplier - for hospital authority

Information for public and private hospitals on how to become an approved supplier of PBS subsidised medicines or highly specialised drugs.

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Page last updated: 15 November 2018