PBS for pharmacists

Continued dispensing

Supply medicines to your customers in an emergency under continued dispensing of PBS medicines.

Continued dispensing lets you supply eligible PBS and RPBS medicines to a patient when:

  • there is an immediate need
  • they can’t get a prescription.

A patient can only receive 1 supply of eligible medicine every 12 months.

The National Health Act 1953 regulates continued dispensing. It’s your responsibility to make sure you follow the necessary legislation before supplying under continued dispensing.

You can find a list of medicines eligible for continued dispensing in Schedule 1 of the National Health (Continued Dispensing) Determination 2012 (Commonwealth) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.

Read more about the requirements of the Continued Dispensing Initiative.

This information was printed Monday 20 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/services/medicare/pbs-pharmacists/initiatives/continued-dispensing 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