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Options for picking up your HIV medication
  • From 1 July 2015, HIV treatments can be picked up from a hospital pharmacy, a local chemist or delivered via online options
  • To pick up from a local chemist or arrange delivery via an online options, your scripts will need to be dated 1 July 2015 or thereafter
  • Plan ahead to renew your scripts and allow time for the chemist to order stock especially if you live in an outer suburban, regional or rural area
  • Call the pharmacist at your chemist to discuss your needs and think about developing a relationship with a pharmacist
From 1 July 2015, HIV treatments can be dispensed by local chemists. This will make it easier for people with HIV to pick up their HIV medication especially as local chemists often offer weekend and evening opening hours. You also have a  number of options to purchase your HIV drugs from online pharmacies, which can be a useful way to have medications posted to an address of your choice.
 
HIV treatments are specialised and not all chemists will choose to dispense them. You will need to discuss your medication needs with the pharmacist at the chemist you want to collect your HIV medicines from.
 
If you’d like more information, talk to your doctor, HIV/sexual health clinic or pharmacist. The services below can also assist:
 
POSITIVE LIFE NSW
02 9206 2177
Freecall – 1800 245 677
 
ACON
02 9206 2000
Freecall – 1800 063 060
 
BOBBY GOLDSMITH FOUNDATION
02 9283 8666
Freecall – 1800 651 011

AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY FOR HIV MEDICINE (ASHM)
02 8204 0700

PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA
02 9431 1100
Freecall – 1300 369 772

For prescribers and dispensers:
  • Hospital scripts will be recognised by local pharmacists
  • Pharmacists at the local chemist will be able to identify all the features of a standard Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) script
  • The script will need to contain the new streamline authority code which will come into place on 1 July 2015
  • The relevant PBS Streamlined Authority codes for each of the HIV-ART pharmaceutical benefit items will be generated closer to 1 July 2015
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