Dispensing of interstate prescriptions
Schedule 4 medicines
Prescriptions for schedule 4 medicines (such as blood pressure medications or cholesterol lowering tablets) written by prescribers in another state or territory can be dispensed in South Australia. Similarly, prescriptions for schedule 4 medicines written in South Australia can be dispensed in another state or territory.
Schedule 8 medicines
Prescriptions for schedule 8 medicines written by prescribers in another state or territory can be dispensed in South Australia provided the pharmacist dispensing the prescription:
- knows the person for whom the medication has been prescribed, OR
- recognises the signature of the prescriber on the prescription, OR
- has verified the prescription by contacting the prescriber1.
Prescriptions for schedule 8 medicines written in South Australia may not be valid in another state or territory. The relevant state or territory authority should be contacted for further information. Please refer below for a list of contact details for each state/territory.
Note: this also applies to Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) prescriptions.
1 Regulation 35(8)(a) Controlled Substances (Poisons) Regulations 2011
State/territory regulatory body contacts
Australian Capital Territory
Phone: (02) 6205 0998
New South Wales
Phone: (02) 9879 5239
Phone: (08) 8922 7340
Phone: (07) 3328 9890
Phone: (03) 6166 0400
Phone: 1300 364 545
Phone: (08) 9388 4980