Canterbury DHB

Context

Outpatient Prescribing

In This Section

Special Authority Numbers / Named Patient Pharmaceutical Assessment (NPPA)

Controlled drugs

All At Once (Stat) Dispensing and Close Controls

Special Authority Numbers / Named Patient Pharmaceutical Assessment (NPPA)

Medication funding in the community is an ever-changing, complex issue. Several agents routinely used in haematology require special approval for funding, mainly due to their cost. These fall into two categories:

Controlled drugs

Controlled drugs for an outpatient will need to be prescribed on a triple copy controlled drug prescription. All 3 copies of the prescription must be presented to pharmacy.

All At Once (Stat) Dispensing and Close Controls

All medicines on the Pharmaceutical Schedule belong to one of three groups:

  1. A group that must be dispensed all at once (stat) for the total amount prescribed unless the prescription is clearly endorsed otherwise.
  2. A group where the total amount dispensed can be no longer than monthly (for a 3 monthly prescription, this means 3 dispensings).
  3. A small group that will by default be dispensed monthly unless clearly endorsed for stat dispensing.

Providing the patient is not in a rest home or other care facility, this can be changed. To change the default from stat to multiple dispensing you must:

About this Canterbury DHB document (5709):

Document Owner:

Steve Gibbons and Fiona Stone (see Who's Who)

Issue Date:

March 2017

Next Review:

March 2020

Keywords:

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Topic Code: 5709