Community pharmacists are now required to enforce limits on dispensing and sales of certain prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
It is important that all prescribers, dispensers and other health care professionals involved in medication management are aware and able to support consumers in navigating these changes.
These measures are in response to demand for medicines increasing markedly during the first two weeks of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new measures:
· Pharmacists will be required to limit dispensing of certain prescription products to one month’s supply at the prescribed dose, and sales of certain over-the-counter medicines to a maximum of one unit per purchase.
· Pharmacists will be strongly encouraged to limit dispensing and sales of all other medicines to one month’s supply or one unit.
· New controls will also be in place for the supply of salbutamol inhalers and paracetamol paediatric formulations.
Read more at the TGA website https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/limits-dispensing-and-sales-prescription-and-over-counter-medicines