Continued dispensing

You can supply medicines to customers in an emergency under continued dispensing of PBS medicines.

Continued Dispensing arrangements due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Australian Government has expanded Continued Dispensing arrangements to support people affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19). The arrangement has been extended to 30 June 2022. For more information visit the Department of Health website.

Continued dispensing lets you supply eligible PBS and RPBS medicines to a patient when:

  • there is an immediate need
  • they can’t get a prescription.

A patient can only receive 1 supply of eligible medicine every 12 months.

The National Health Act 1953 regulates continued dispensing. It’s your responsibility to make sure you follow the necessary legislation before supplying under continued dispensing.

You can find a list of medicines eligible for continued dispensing in Schedule 1 of the National Health (Continued Dispensing – Emergency Measures) Determination 2020 on the Federal Register of Legislation website.

Read more about the requirements of the Continued Dispensing Initiative.

Page last updated: 10 December 2021