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Nurse practitioner PBS prescribing

MEDICINES WHICH MAY BE PRESCRIBED BY AUTHORISED NURSE PRACTITIONERS

From 1 September 2010, nurse practitioners endorsed to prescribe under state or territory legislation can apply for approval as PBS prescribers (authorised nurse practitioners) Information for nurse practitioners to become authorised PBS prescribers is available from the Department of Human Services.

The medicines listed for prescribing by authorised nurse practitioners from 1 November 2010 are identified by ‘NP’ in the PBS Schedule. Nurse practitioners must not write PBS prescriptions for other medicines.

PBS prescribing is limited by a nurse practitioner’s scope of practice, and state and territory prescribing rights. Prescribing of PBS medicines is also contingent on a prescriber being an authorised nurse practitioner and having collaborative arrangements in place, as required by amendments to the National Health Act 1953.

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) is responsible for making recommendations to the Minister for Health regarding medicines for prescribing by authorised nurse practitioners.

Further to prescribing within collaborative arrangements, certain medicines also have additional conditions for prescribing by nurse practitioners, as recommended by the PBAC. These medicines are identified by the codes ‘CTO’ for continuation therapy only or ‘SCM’ for prescribing within a shared care model, as outlined below:

  • Continuing therapy only model

Where the patient’s treatment and prescribing of a medicine has been initiated by a medical practitioner, but prescribing is continued by a nurse practitioner. (This is similar to existing arrangements between specialists and medical practitioners for prescribing certain medicines.)

  • Shared care model

Where care is shared between a nurse practitioner and medical practitioner in a formalised arrangement with an agreed plan to manage the patient, in a patientcentred model of care. The details surrounding shared care arrangements will depend on the practitioners involved, patient needs and the healthcare context.

Some medicines are included in more than one section of the Schedule, and for more than one prescriber type. For a prescription to be eligible for subsidy, prescribers must ensure that they prescribe under the PBS only those medicines, and in accordance with the restrictions, listed for their prescriber type. Listing details for the same product may differ between sections and different PBS item codes apply for each prescriber type.

Nurse practitioner PBS prescriptions are identifiable by colour, and include the indicator ‘NP’ on personalised forms and a tick box on non-personalised (blank) forms.

Prescriptions must include the nurse practitioner’s PBS prescriber number. For unrestricted and restricted PBS medicines, midwives/nurse practitioners can use the personalised or non-personalised PBS prescriber forms.  For authority required and authority required (streamlined) PBS medicines, midwives/nurse practitioners can use the authority personalised or non-personalised PBS prescriber forms.  Nurse practitioner PBS prescriptions may include repeats. 

Regulation 24 applies for nurse practitioner prescribing. A nurse practitioner can direct that original and repeat supplies of pharmaceutical benefits be supplied at the one time, if certain conditions are satisfied.

Authority prescriptions: Authority prescriptions for authority required items, or for increased quantities or repeats, require prior approval from the Department of Human Services for each prescription. (Refer to Prescribing Medicines — Information for PBS prescribers and Supplying medicines — What Pharmacists Need to Know, for more information on authority prescriptions.)

State and territory requirements: Nurse practitioners may prescribe medicines as private prescriptions according to their state/territory prescribing accreditation. The medicines which can be prescribed differ between states and territories. It is the nurse practitioner’s responsibility to ensure adherence to State/Territory law for all prescriptions (PBS and private) and additionally to all PBS requirements for PBS prescriptions.

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Palliative care items
MP
Medical Practitioner
NP
Nurse Practitioner
Prescriber code Item code Name, manner of administration and form & strength Max qty
packs
Max qty
units
No. of
repeats
MPNP 5107T PALIPERIDONEpaliperidone 100 mg injection: modified release, 1 syringe 1 1 5
MPNP 5109X PALIPERIDONEpaliperidone 150 mg injection: modified release, 1 syringe 1 1 5
MPNP 5100K PALIPERIDONEpaliperidone 25 mg injection: modified release, 1 syringe 1 1 5
MPNP 9140C PALIPERIDONEpaliperidone 3 mg tablet: modified release, 28 tablets 1 28 5
MPNP 5102M PALIPERIDONEpaliperidone 50 mg injection: modified release, 1 syringe 1 1 5
MPNP 9141D PALIPERIDONEpaliperidone 6 mg tablet: modified release, 28 tablets 1 28 5
MPNP 5103N PALIPERIDONEpaliperidone 75 mg injection: modified release, 1 syringe 1 1 5
MPNP 9142E PALIPERIDONEpaliperidone 9 mg tablet: modified release, 28 tablets 1 28 5
MPNP 5295Q PALONOSETRONpalonosetron 250 microgram/5 mL injection, 1 x 5 mL vial 1 1 0
MPNP 8461H PAMIDRONATE DISODIUMpamidronate disodium 15 mg/5 mL injection, 1 x 5 mL vial 4 4 0
MPNP 8209C PAMIDRONATE DISODIUMpamidronate disodium 30 mg injection [2 x 30 mg vials] (&) inert substance diluent [2 x 10 mL ampoules], 1 pack 1 1 0
MPNP 8462J PAMIDRONATE DISODIUMpamidronate disodium 30 mg/10 mL injection, 1 x 10 mL vial 2 2 0
MPNP 8463K PAMIDRONATE DISODIUMpamidronate disodium 60 mg/10 mL injection, 1 x 10 mL vial 1 1 0
MPNP 8020D PANCREATIC EXTRACTpancreatic extract 10 000 international units capsule: modified release, 100 capsules 5 500 10
MPNP 8021E PANCREATIC EXTRACTpancreatic extract 25 000 international units capsule: modified release, 100 capsules 2 200 10
MPNP 9412J PANCREATIC EXTRACTpancreatic extract 40 000 international units capsule: modified release, 100 capsules 2 200 10
MPNP 5453B PANCREATIC EXTRACTpancreatic extract 5000 international units/100 mg granules: enteric-coated, 20 g 3 3 10
MPNP 8366H PANCRELIPASEpancrelipase 25 000 units capsule, 100 2 200 10
MPNP 8399C PANTOPRAZOLEpantoprazole 20 mg tablet: enteric, 30 tablets 1 30 5
MPNP 9423Y PANTOPRAZOLEpantoprazole 40 mg granules: enteric-coated, 30 sachets 1 30 2
MPNP 9424B PANTOPRAZOLEpantoprazole 40 mg granules: enteric-coated, 30 sachets 1 30 5
MPNP 8007K PANTOPRAZOLEpantoprazole 40 mg tablet: enteric, 30 1 30 2
MPNP 8008L PANTOPRAZOLEpantoprazole 40 mg tablet: enteric, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 1747Y PARACETAMOLparacetamol 120 mg/5 mL oral liquid, 100 mL 1 1 2
MPNP 1770E PARACETAMOLparacetamol 240 mg/5 mL oral liquid, 200 mL 1 1 2
MPNP 5319Y PARACETAMOLparacetamol 500 mg suppository, 24 4 4 3
MPNP 5320B PARACETAMOLparacetamol 500 mg suppository, 24 4 4 0
MPNP 1746X PARACETAMOLparacetamol 500 mg tablet, 100 1 100 1
MPNP 8784H PARACETAMOLparacetamol 500 mg tablet, 100 3 300 4
MPNP 5343F PARACETAMOLparacetamol 665 mg tablet: modified release, 96 tablets 2 192 3
MPNP 5344G PARACETAMOLparacetamol 665 mg tablet: modified release, 96 tablets 2 192 0
MPNP 8814X PARACETAMOLparacetamol 665 mg tablet: modified release, 96 tablets 2 192 5
MPNP 1215Y PARACETAMOL + CODEINECODEINE PHOSPHATE with PARACETAMOL Tablet 30 mg-500 mg, 20 1 20 0
MPNP 8785J PARACETAMOL + CODEINECODEINE PHOSPHATE with PARACETAMOL Tablet 30 mg-500 mg, 20 3 60 0
MPNP 1750D PARAFFINparaffin 1 g/g eye ointment, 2 x 3.5 g tubes 1 1 5
MPNP 2222Y PARAFFINparaffin + retinyl palmitate 138 microgram/g (equivalent to 250 units/g vitamin A) eye ointment, 5 g 2 2 5
MPNP 1754H PARAFFINparaffin 1 g/g eye ointment, 3.5 g 2 2 5
MPNP 2242B PAROXETINEparoxetine 20 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 9197C PAROXETINEparoxetine 20 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 2721F PENICILLAMINEpenicillamine 125 mg tablet, 100 1 100 1
MPNP 2838J PENICILLAMINEpenicillamine 250 mg tablet, 100 1 100 1
MPNP 9487H PENTASTARCH + SODIUM CHLORIDEHYDROXYETHYL STARCH 130/0.4 I.V. infusion 30 g per 500 mL, 500 mL, 1 3 3 0
MPNP 1822X PERHEXILINEperhexiline maleate 100 mg tablet, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 3053Q PERICYAZINEpericyazine 10 mg tablet, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 3052P PERICYAZINEpericyazine 2.5 mg tablet, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 9008D PERINDOPRILperindopril arginine 10 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 9006B PERINDOPRILperindopril arginine 2.5 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 9007C PERINDOPRILperindopril arginine 5 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 3050M PERINDOPRILperindopril erbumine 2 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 3051N PERINDOPRILperindopril erbumine 4 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 8704D PERINDOPRILperindopril erbumine 8 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 9349C PERINDOPRIL + AMLODIPINEperindopril arginine 10 mg + amlodipine 10 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 9348B PERINDOPRIL + AMLODIPINEperindopril arginine 10 mg + amlodipine 5 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 9347Y PERINDOPRIL + AMLODIPINEperindopril arginine 5 mg + amlodipine 10 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 9346X PERINDOPRIL + AMLODIPINEperindopril arginine 5 mg + amlodipine 5 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 2190G PERINDOPRIL + INDAPAMIDEperindopril arginine 2.5 mg + indapamide hemihydrate 0.625 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 2845R PERINDOPRIL + INDAPAMIDEperindopril arginine 5 mg + indapamide hemihydrate 1.25 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 8449Q PERINDOPRIL + INDAPAMIDEperindopril erbumine 4 mg + indapamide hemihydrate 1.25 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 3054R PERMETHRINpermethrin 5% cream, 30 g 1 1 1
MPNP 1850J PHENOBARBITONEphenobarbitone 30 mg tablet, 200 1 200 4
MPNP 2138M PHENOBARBITONEphenobarbitone sodium 219 mg/mL injection, 5 x 1 mL ampoules 1 5 0
MPNP 1862B PHENOXYBENZAMINEphenoxybenzamine hydrochloride 10 mg capsule, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 9286R PHENOXYBENZAMINEphenoxybenzamine hydrochloride 10 mg capsule, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 1166J PHENOXYBENZAMINEphenoxybenzamine hydrochloride 10 mg capsule, 30 3 3 5
MPNP 8976K PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLINphenoxymethylpenicillin 125 mg/5 mL oral liquid: powder for, 100 mL 2 2 1
MPNP 9143F PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLINphenoxymethylpenicillin 150 mg/5 mL oral liquid, 100 mL 2 2 1
MPNP 1705R PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLINphenoxymethylpenicillin 250 mg capsule, 50 1 50 5
MPNP 1789E PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLINphenoxymethylpenicillin 250 mg capsule, 50 1 50 0
MPNP 1703P PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLINphenoxymethylpenicillin 250 mg tablet, 25 2 50 5
MPNP 1787C PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLINphenoxymethylpenicillin 250 mg tablet, 25 2 50 0
MPNP 8977L PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLINphenoxymethylpenicillin 250 mg/5 mL oral liquid: powder for, 100 mL 2 2 1
MPNP 2965C PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLINphenoxymethylpenicillin 500 mg capsule, 50 1 50 0
MPNP 3028J PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLINphenoxymethylpenicillin 500 mg tablet, 25 2 50 0
MPNP 9384X PHENYLALANINE WITH CARBOHYDRATEphenylalanine with carbohydrate containing 50 mg phenylalanine oral liquid: powder for, 30 x 4 g sachets 4 4 5
MPNP 3112T PHENYLEPHRINE + PREDNISOLONE ACETATEphenylephrine hydrochloride 0.12% + prednisolone acetate 1% eye drops, 10 mL 1 1 2
MPNP 2692Q PHENYTOINphenytoin 30 mg/5 mL oral liquid, 500 mL 1 1 3
MPNP 1249R PHENYTOINphenytoin 50 mg tablet: chewable, 200 1 200 2
MPNP 1874P PHENYTOINphenytoin sodium 100 mg capsule, 200 1 200 2
MPNP 1873N PHENYTOINphenytoin sodium 30 mg capsule, 200 1 200 2
MPNP 2946C PHOSPHORUSphosphorus 500 mg tablet: effervescent, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 3065H PINDOLOLpindolol 15 mg tablet, 50 1 50 5
MPNP 3062E PINDOLOLpindolol 5 mg tablet, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 8694N PIOGLITAZONEpioglitazone 15 mg tablet, 28 1 28 5
MPNP 8695P PIOGLITAZONEpioglitazone 30 mg tablet, 28 1 28 5
MPNP 8696Q PIOGLITAZONEpioglitazone 45 mg tablet, 28 1 28 5
MPNP 1897W PIROXICAMpiroxicam 10 mg capsule, 50 1 50 3
MPNP 1895R PIROXICAMpiroxicam 10 mg tablet: dispersible, 50 1 50 3
MPNP 1898X PIROXICAMpiroxicam 20 mg capsule, 25 1 25 3
MPNP 1896T PIROXICAMpiroxicam 20 mg tablet: dispersible, 25 1 25 3
MPNP 3074T PIZOTIFENpizotifen 500 microgram tablet, 100 1 100 2
MPNP 1903E PNEUMOCOCCAL PURIFIED CAPSULAR POLYSACCHARIDESpneumococcal purified capsular polysaccharides 25 microgram/0.5 mL injection, 1 x 0.5 mL vial 1 1 0
MPNP 9491M POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL-400polyethylene glycol-400 0.25% eye drops, 15 mL 1 1 5
MPNP 9493P POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL-400polyethylene glycol-400 0.25% eye drops, 20 x 0.4 mL unit doses 5 5 5
MPNP 8676P POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL-400 + PROPYLENE GLYCOLpolyethylene glycol-400 0.4% + propylene glycol 0.3% eye drops, 15 mL 1 1 5
MPNP 9170P POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL-400 + PROPYLENE GLYCOLpolyethylene glycol-400 0.4% + propylene glycol 0.3% eye drops, 28 x 0.8 mL unit doses 2 2 5
MPNP 8831T POLYVINYL ALCOHOLpolyvinyl alcohol 1.4% eye drops, 15 mL 1 1 5
MPNP 2682E POLYVINYL ALCOHOLpolyvinyl alcohol 1.4% eye drops, 15 mL 1 1 5
MPNP 8832W POLYVINYL ALCOHOLpolyvinyl alcohol 3% eye drops, 15 mL 1 1 5
MPNP 2681D POLYVINYL ALCOHOLpolyvinyl alcohol 3% eye drops, 15 mL 1 1 5
MPNP 9360P POSACONAZOLEposaconazole 40 mg/mL oral liquid, 105 mL 1 1 0
MPNP 2642C POTASSIUM CHLORIDEpotassium chloride 600 mg (8 mmol potassium) tablet: modified release, 100 tablets 2 200 1
MPNP 1841X POTASSIUM CHLORIDEpotassium chloride 600 mg (8 mmol potassium) tablet: modified release, 200 tablets 1 200 1
MPNP 3012M POTASSIUM CHLORIDE + POTASSIUM BICARBONATE + POTASSIUM CARBONATEpotassium chloride 595 mg + potassium bicarbonate 384 mg + potassium carbonate 152 mg (total potassium 14 mmol) tablet: effervescent, 60 1 60 1
MPNP 9153R PRAMIPEXOLEpramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate 1 mg tablet, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 3420B PRAMIPEXOLEpramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate 1.5 mg tablet: modified release, 30 tablets 1 30 5
MPNP 9151P PRAMIPEXOLEpramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate 125 microgram tablet, 30 1 30 0
MPNP 9393J PRAMIPEXOLEpramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate 125 microgram tablet, 30 1 30 2
MPNP 5143Q PRAMIPEXOLEpramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate 2.25 mg tablet: modified release, 30 tablets 1 30 5
MPNP 9152Q PRAMIPEXOLEpramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate 250 microgram tablet, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 9394K PRAMIPEXOLEpramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate 250 microgram tablet, 100 1 100 2
MPNP 3421C PRAMIPEXOLEpramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate 3 mg tablet: modified release, 30 tablets 1 30 5
MPNP 5145T PRAMIPEXOLEpramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate 3.75 mg tablet: modified release, 30 tablets 1 30 5
MPNP 3418X PRAMIPEXOLEpramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate 375 microgram tablet: modified release, 30 tablets 1 30 5
MPNP 3422D PRAMIPEXOLEpramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate 4.5 mg tablet: modified release, 30 tablets 1 30 5
MPNP 3419Y PRAMIPEXOLEpramipexole hydrochloride monohydrate 750 microgram tablet: modified release, 30 tablets 1 30 5
MPNP 9496T PRASUGRELprasugrel 10 mg tablet, 28 1 28 5
MPNP 9495R PRASUGRELprasugrel 5 mg tablet, 28 1 28 5
MPNP 2833D PRAVASTATINpravastatin sodium 10 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 2834E PRAVASTATINpravastatin sodium 20 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 8197K PRAVASTATINpravastatin sodium 40 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 8829Q PRAVASTATINpravastatin sodium 80 mg tablet, 30 1 30 5
MPNP 9447F PRAZIQUANTELpraziquantel 600 mg tablet, 8 1 8 0
MPNP 1479W PRAZOSINprazosin 1 mg tablet, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 1480X PRAZOSINprazosin 2 mg tablet, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 1478T PRAZOSINprazosin 5 mg tablet, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 3152X PREDNISOLONEprednisolone 1 mg tablet, 100 1 100 4
MPNP 1916W PREDNISOLONEprednisolone 25 mg tablet, 30 1 30 4
MPNP 1917X PREDNISOLONEprednisolone 5 mg tablet, 60 1 60 4
MPNP 1920C PREDNISOLONE SODIUM PHOSPHATEprednisolone (as sodium phosphate) 20 mg/100 mL enema, 7 x 100 mL 4 28 3
MPNP 2554K PREDNISOLONE SODIUM PHOSPHATEprednisolone (as sodium phosphate) 5 mg suppository, 10 3 3 3
MPNP 8285C PREDNISOLONE SODIUM PHOSPHATEprednisolone (as sodium phosphate) 5 mg/mL oral liquid, 30 mL 1 1 5
MPNP 1934T PREDNISONEprednisone 1 mg tablet, 100 1 100 4
MPNP 1936X PREDNISONEprednisone 25 mg tablet, 30 1 30 4
MPNP 1935W PREDNISONEprednisone 5 mg tablet, 60 1 60 4
MPNP 2355Y PREGABALINpregabalin 150 mg capsule, 56 1 56 5
MPNP 2348N PREGABALINpregabalin 25 mg capsule, 56 1 56 5
MPNP 2363J PREGABALINpregabalin 300 mg capsule, 56 1 56 5
MPNP 2335X PREGABALINpregabalin 75 mg capsule, 56 1 56 5
MPNP 1939C PRIMIDONEprimidone 250 mg tablet, 200 1 200 2
MPNP 1940D PROBENECIDprobenecid 500 mg tablet, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 1794K PROCAINE PENICILLINprocaine penicillin 1.5 g/3.4 mL injection, 5 x 3.4 mL syringes 1 5 0
MPNP 3485K PROCAINE PENICILLINprocaine penicillin 1.5 g/3.4 mL injection, 5 x 3.4 mL syringes 1 5 0
MPNP 2895J PROCHLORPERAZINEprochlorperazine maleate 25 mg suppository, 5 1 1 2
MPNP 2893G PROCHLORPERAZINEprochlorperazine maleate 5 mg tablet, 25 1 25 0
MPNP 2369Q PROCHLORPERAZINEprochlorperazine mesylate 12.5 mg/mL injection, 10 x 1 mL ampoules 1 10 0
MPNP 3477B PROCHLORPERAZINEprochlorperazine mesylate 12.5 mg/mL injection, 10 x 1 mL ampoules 1 10 0
MPNP 1948M PROMETHAZINEpromethazine hydrochloride 50 mg/2 mL injection, 5 x 2 mL ampoules 2 10 0
MPNP 3488N PROMETHAZINEpromethazine hydrochloride 50 mg/2 mL injection, 5 x 2 mL ampoules 2 10 0
MPNP 1953T PROPANTHELINEpropantheline bromide 15 mg tablet, 100 2 200 5
MPNP 2565B PROPRANOLOLpropranolol hydrochloride 10 mg tablet, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 2899N PROPRANOLOLpropranolol hydrochloride 160 mg tablet, 50 1 50 5
MPNP 2566C PROPRANOLOLpropranolol hydrochloride 40 mg tablet, 100 1 100 5
MPNP 1955X PROPYLTHIOURACILpropylthiouracil 50 mg tablet, 100 2 200 2
MPNP 2676W PROTEIN HYDROLYSATE FORMULA WITH MEDIUM CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDESprotein hydrolysate formula with medium chain triglycerides oral liquid: powder for, 400 g 8 8 5
MPNP 8259Q PROTEIN HYDROLYSATE FORMULA WITH MEDIUM CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDESprotein hydrolysate formula with medium chain triglycerides oral liquid: powder for, 450 g 8 8 5
MPNP 3047J PYRANTELpyrantel 125 mg tablet, 6 1 6 0
MPNP 3048K PYRANTELpyrantel 250 mg tablet, 6 1 6 0
MPNP 1966L PYRIMETHAMINEpyrimethamine 25 mg tablet, 50 1 50 0