Applicable items

Applicable medicines for highly specialised drugs.

Highly specialised drugs

An authority approval is required from us for most HSD private listings and increased quantities and repeats.

Complex Authority Required HSDs and PBS trastuzumab

Funded HSDs include Complex Authority Required Highly Specialised Drugs (CAR HSDs) and PBS trastuzumab for early-stage breast cancer.

CAR HSDs are Authority required medicines.

An approved prescriber does not need prior approval from us when prescribing an authority required (STREAMLINED) public hospital or HSD CA item. An approved prescriber must include the 4-digit streamlined authority code on the prescription.

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Page last updated: 3 March 2022.
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