From 1 October 2015, co-payments for Section 100 (s100) Highly Specialised Drugs will be paid for by the NSW Government for NSW residents that are patients of NSW public hospitals or authorised community prescribers in NSW.
Patients prescribed s100 Highly Specialised Drugs through NSW public hospitals or authorised community prescribers in NSW will be provided with an opportunity for the NSW Government to pay the co-payment on their behalf by signing a consent form.
The consent form will be attached to the prescription for s100 Highly Specialised Drugs and must be presented each time the prescription is filled, including all repeats. By signing the consent form, the patient agrees to have the co-payment contribution paid by the NSW Government.
From 1 July 2015, some s100 Highly Specialised Drugs prescriptions can also be filled through community pharmacies. In the initial roll out, the NSW Government will pay the co-payment for HIV antiretroviral therapy, Hepatitis B medicines and clozapine (maintenance therapy) dispensed in the community pharmacy setting.
To find out more about changes to co-payments for s100 Highly Specialised Drugs in NSW visit the NSW Health website at www.health.nsw.gov.au/pharmaceutical
Factsheets, flyers and other materials are also available through the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (NSW Branch).