PHARMAC to remove medicine dispensing restrictions
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Posted July 31, 2020
Most funded medicines will return to all at once dispensing because PHARMAC is removing most of the temporary dispensing restrictions put in place to manage supply during COVID-19. The change will be effective from midnight Friday 31 July 2020.
This means that from Saturday 1 August pharmacists will be able to return to dispensing three months’ supply all at once for most medicines, with exceptions for those medicines which have continuing problems with supply.
Medicines that were on monthly dispensing before 27 March 2020 will also continue to be dispensed monthly.
Repeat prescriptionsIf you have remaining repeats to collect from the pharmacy after 1 August 2020, you do not need a new prescription. You only need to get a new prescription when your repeats are finished.
Pharmac says pharmacists have been asked to dispense remaining repeats in one-month lots where possible. This will help manage the supply of medicines as the transition back to all-at-once dispensing happens.
You only need to pay the $5 dispensing fee once.