PBS for pharmacists

Pharmacists dispensing in an emergency provision situation

You may have to supply medicines using prescriptions written under emergency provisions.

For prescriptions written under the emergency provision arrangements you must:

  • not exceed the maximum quantity and repeats listed in the PBS Schedule on the PBS website
  • include the words ‘Emergency authorised by the Department of Human Services Medicare Program’
  • note the time and date you tried to call.

For drugs on the Highly Specialised Drugs Program, you must include:

  • the letters ‘HSD’
  • the hospital provider number - not required for Community Access HSD
  • the number of days of treatment.

You can’t write increased quantities and repeats above the PBS Schedule quantity under the emergency provision arrangements. You need to call back at a later time to get authority approval.

You can’t dispense prescriptions with no authority approval annotated as a PBS subsidised item.

Page last updated: 22 February 2019