Medicines and drugs
Medicines and drugs: Prescribing Medicines and drugs appropriately, best clinical practice, quality use for effectiveness and patient safety
A range of chemotherapy drugs are available for day admitted, non-admitted patients and patients on discharge from public hospitals participating in the Pharmaceutical Reforms. These medicines are distributed under Section 100 of the National Health Act 1953.
Chemotherapy drugs used for the treatment of cancer and administered through infusion or injection are included in this initiative.
Access the Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy Schedule for the most recent publication – Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy Supplement.
Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy (the Revised Arrangements) replaced the Chemotherapy Pharmaceuticals Access Program (CPAP). The new program is intended by the Commonwealth to achieve greater efficiency in the use of injectable and infusible chemotherapy medicines used in the treatment of cancer.
Admitted public hospital day patients receiving drugs under this arrangement will not have to pay a copayment for their chemotherapy medicines.
Patients will be charged co-payments (similar to community PBS copayments) for medicines dispensed on discharge or received as an outpatient.
For more information about Efficient Funding of Chemotherapy and the Revised Arrangements see the Department of Health website or refer to your hospital pharmacy department.