CANTERBURY PRIMARY RESPONSE GROUP UPDATE
MONDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2016
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL PHARMACISTS PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE IN YOUR PHARMACY TEAM
Earthquake Event on 14 November 2016
In the wake of the Kaikoura earthquake ("the earthquake") the Ministry of Health is implementing a mechanism to enable pharmacies located in the Canterbury DHB region to dispense 30 day emergency supplies of prescription medicines (without requiring a prescription) to all people from the earthquake affected area (Kaikoura) and claim reimbursement as if the medicine had been dispensed pursuant to a prescription.
Note that these provisions do not apply to controlled drugs. A patient requiring resupply of a controlled drug, including Class C Controlled drugs such as benzodiazepines, will need to obtain a prescription.
The emergency supply provisions in regulation 44(m) of the Medicines Regulations 1984 will apply, but with an extension to the maximum period of supply from 72 hours (as stated in the regulation) to 30 days. For this provision to apply medication is to be supplied under the following conditions
The pharmacist needs to be satisfied that the patient requires an emergency supply and:
o has been affected by the earthquake
o is not reasonably able to consult with their usual GP or obtain medicines from their usual pharmacy
o that the name and dose of the medicine requested is accurate and appropriate to their medical history. If unsure the pharmacist should verify previously supplied medication via the patient’s HealthONE record, before making any calls to the affected persons usual GP or dispensing pharmacy, to limit the risk of dispensing an inappropriate medicine.
Medicines may only be supplied to a patient on one occasion.
The emergency supply provisions described above apply to New Zealand residents only.
Claiming for emergency supply of medicines by pharmacies applies only to patients who are eligible for subsidy for pharmaceuticals.
For these dispensings claims should be submitted in the same manner as other funded prescriptions.
The previous prescribers name preceded by "Earthquake Supply" e.g. Earthquake Supply Dr Andrea Judd and their usual NZMC number should be entered into the dispensing record.
Exempt codes may be used for these prescriptions e.g. X4
These amended emergency supply provisions will remain in place until Sunday 18 December 2016. They may be reviewed and amended as the extent of the damage to the infrastructure within Kaikoura becomes clearer.
Canterbury Primary Response Group
Phone: 03 374 1636 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org