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COVID-19: GP Alert (19 May 2020) - Digital prescribing

May 18, 2020

Legislative amendment enabling digital images of prescriptions

We are pleased to advise an amendment has been made to the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 (HDPR) to support the Commonwealth Government’s National Health (COVID-19 Supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits) Special Arrangement 2020.

The amendment:

  • enables a prescriber to send a digital image of a prescription to a dispenser
  • gives a temporary exemption from the requirement to send paper copies of some prescriptions to dispensers
  • recognises digital images of prescriptions sent and dispensed under the special arrangement since 26 March 2020 as complying with the HDPR.

Read the Factsheet for Prescribers for more information.
The amendment regulation may be found of the Queensland Legislation website sometime this week.