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Highly Specialised Drugs Program (Community Access)

From 1 July 2015, the Highly Specialised Drugs (HSD) community access arrangements better align existing Section 100 HSD Program arrangements with current clinical practice and models of care, through improvements to the way clozapine for the treatment of schizophrenia (maintenance therapy only), HIV antiretroviral medicines and hepatitis B medicines are prescribed, dispensed and accessed under the s100 HSD Program.  These changes are known as ‘HSD Community Access’.

These arrangements remove the requirement for patients and prescribers to be affiliated with a hospital setting.  Patients also have greater choice about where they access their medicines, through either a community pharmacy, or a private or public hospital pharmacy.  Community pharmacists are able to dispense these medicines regardless of where the medicine is prescribed.

Prescriptions for these medicines and any repeats from those prescriptions, written prior to 1 July 2015 will need to be dispensed by a hospital pharmacy in accordance with the previous arrangements.

The remuneration rates for HSD dispensed through community pharmacies are aligned to those paid to private hospitals.

Patient eligibility criteria are unchanged.  Patients will continue to pay a patient co-payment which will contribute to the PBS Safety Net Record.

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    Products that are in a Supply Only state will be available for dispensing, but not for prescribing. PBS Prescriptions written prior to the Supply Only period are able to be dispensed using either the Supply Only product where available, or an equivalent product as specified on the PBS schedule.
    Supply Only
Prescriber code Item code Name, manner of administration and form & strength Max qty
Max qty
No. of
MPNP 10336B EFAVIRENZefavirenz 200 mg tablet, 90 2 180 5
MPNP 10366N EFAVIRENZefavirenz 600 mg tablet, 30 2 60 5
MPNP 11104K EMTRICITABINE + RILPIVIRINE + TENOFOVIR ALAFENAMIDEemtricitabine 200 mg + rilpivirine 25 mg + tenofovir alafenamide 25 mg tablet, 30 2 60 5
MPNP 11099E EMTRICITABINE + TENOFOVIR ALAFENAMIDEemtricitabine 200 mg + tenofovir alafenamide 10 mg tablet, 30 2 60 5
MPNP 11113X EMTRICITABINE + TENOFOVIR ALAFENAMIDEemtricitabine 200 mg + tenofovir alafenamide 25 mg tablet, 30 2 60 5
MPNP 10279B ENTECAVIRentecavir 500 microgram tablet, 30 2 60 5
MPNP 10353X ENTECAVIRentecavir 1 mg tablet, 30 2 60 5
MPNP 10301E ETRAVIRINEetravirine 200 mg tablet, 60 2 120 5