Regulatory requirements during COVID-19

Registered health practitioners play a vital role in treating and containing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Medicines and Poisons Regulation recognises that during the pandemic you may have to adjust established procedures prior to prescribing and supplying medicines to patients, including applying for Schedule 8 permits and checking SafeScript.

During the pandemic health practitioners should take all reasonable steps to access SafeScript, as it is very effective in providing up-to-date and real time information about a patient’s prescribing and dispensing history. 

Changed medicine regulatory requirements for health practitioners during COVID-19 pandemic

The regulatory burden on medical practitioners and pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic has been reduced when they supply or prescribe medicines.  Two public health emergency orders have come into effect.

The first public health emergency order allows pharmacists to continue to supply prescription medications without a prescription for one month in emergency circumstances except for Schedule 8 medicines.  This is the same arrangement that has been in place for people who are affected by Victoria’s bushfires.

The second reduces the requirements for doctors prescribing Schedule 8 medicines for non-drug dependent patients.  Prescribers will not be required to apply for a Schedule 8 treatment permit for non-drug dependent patients for the next six months, but instead check SafeScript.  Practitioners will need to apply for Schedule 8 treatment permits for drug dependent patients including opioid replacement therapy.

Health practitioners play a vital role in treating and containing novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Medicines and Poisons Regulation recognises that during a pandemic you may have to adjust established procedures prior to prescribing or supplying medicines to patients, including applying for Schedule 8 permits and checking SafeScript.  During the pandemic health practitioners should take all reasonable steps to access SafeScript, as it is a very effective in providing up-to-date information about a patient’s prescribing and dispensing history.

For more informationon the public health emergency orders, see Special Gazette Number S158 Dated 26 March 2020 on the Victorian Government Gazette website.

SafeScript phoneline inactive

The SafeScript team is contributing to the DHHS response to COVID-19 and to enable this, the SafeScript phoneline will not be operating for the immediate term.

For step by step information on registering and using SafeScript, please visit Help Topics section.

If you have issues registering with SafeScript or logging into SafeScript, please contact SafeScript technical support on 1800 723 379.

If you have general queries on SafeScript, please access the comprehensive FAQ information available on this website providing detailed information for all health professionals and community members.

We thank you for your understanding during this time.

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