Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

31 March 2020

Sarah Courtney, Minister for Health

Helping Tasmanians get the medications they need

The Tasmanian Government has made changes to allow the emergency supply of certain medicines by a pharmacist without prescription to help ensure Tasmanians can continue getting the medical care they need during these difficult times.

These changes will help people with ongoing medical needs who may not have access to their valid prescription or are unable to see their usual doctor due to movement restrictions.

These changes do not include psychotropic substances, and are in addition to existing emergency medicines supply arrangements from a GP and pharmacist.

The supply of medicines under these arrangements is subject to a strict set of professional guidelines. The patient must previously have been prescribed this medicine and the pharmacist must be satisfied it is urgently needed.

These provisions bring Tasmania into line with other jurisdictions that have made similar changes in response to COVID-19, and the recent bushfires.

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