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Prescriber Bag (Emergency drug supply)

Certain pharmaceutical benefits are provided without charge to prescribers who in turn can supply them free to patients for emergency use.

The prescriber bag supply order form must be completed in triplicate, signed and the original and duplicate given to a pharmacist. Each form is valid for the month indicated on the form.

Prescribers may order the maximum quantity of an item provided they do not already have the maximum quantity on hand. The items can only be obtained once a month. Prescribers may also ask for a particular brand of a pharmaceutical benefit. If it is unavailable, they must specify another listed brand, and initial the alteration.

A receipt must be signed by the prescriber, or by an authorised representative, when supplies are received.

Prescriber Bag Supply Order Forms can be requested from the Department of Human Services (132 290).

Availability of Methoxyflurane for emergency treatment only

A new Emergency Treatment Program (ETP) has been established to provide for medicines such as Methoxyflurane to be supplied as doctor’s bag items for emergency treatment, other than hospital treatment. Unlike other emergency drug supplies, Methoxyflurane, liquid for inhalation 999.9 mg per g, 3 mL (with inhaler) (Penthrox®) is not available for prescribing as a general pharmaceutical benefit.

Methoxyflurane is therefore PBS-listed as a ‘special pharmaceutical product’ under section 100AA, only for emergency treatment, other than hospital treatment. As such, the availability of this drug is provided for under special arrangements under section 100 (1) of the National Health Act 1953. The legislative instrument can be viewed on the Federal Register of Legislative instruments www.frli.gov.au.

For the purposes of administration, Methoxyflurane will be listed with other emergency treatment drugs in the Doctor’s Bag list, as outlined above, and managed by Medicare Australia in the same manner as other doctor’s bag items with the same supply and claiming procedures.

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Prescriber code Item code Name, manner of administration and form & strength Max qty
packs
Max qty
units
Dispensed price for max qty Brands
MPNP 3451P ADRENALINEadrenaline 1 in 1000 (1 mg/mL) injection, 5 x 1 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 5 $20.68 Link Medical Products Pty Ltd
MPNP 3453R ATROPINEATROPINE Injection 600 micrograms in 1 mL, 10 (PI, CMI) 1 10 $20.88 Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
MPNP 10016E BENZTROPINEbenztropine mesylate 2 mg/2 mL injection, 10 x 2 mL vials (PI, CMI) 1 10 $287.65 Benztropine Omega
OR OR
MPNP 3457Y BENZTROPINEbenztropine mesylate 2 mg/2 mL injection, 5 x 2 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 5 $103.93 Cogentin
MPNP 3487M BENZYLPENICILLINbenzylpenicillin 3 g injection, 1 x 3 g vial (PI, CMI) 1 1 $15.44 BenPen
MPNP 3486L BENZYLPENICILLINbenzylpenicillin 600 mg injection, 1 x 600 mg vial (PI, CMI) 10 10 $55.06 BenPen
OR OR
MPNP 3485K PROCAINE PENICILLINprocaine penicillin 1.5 g/3.4 mL injection, 5 x 3.4 mL syringes (PI, CMI) 1 5 $92.56 Cilicaine
MPNP 3455W CHLORPROMAZINEchlorpromazine hydrochloride 50 mg/2 mL injection, 10 x 2 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 10 $20.82 Largactil
OR OR
MPNP 3456X HALOPERIDOLhaloperidol 5 mg/mL injection, 10 x 1 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 10 $22.62 Serenace
MPNP 3478C CLONAZEPAMclonazepam 2.5 mg/mL oral liquid, 10 mL (PI, CMI) 1 1 $11.07 Rivotril
MPNP 3472R DEXAMETHASONE SODIUM PHOSPHATEDEXAMETHASONE SODIUM PHOSPHATE Injection equivalent to 4 mg dexamethasone phosphate in 1 mL, 5 (PI, CMI) 1 5 $13.55 Dexmethsone
Hospira Pty Limited
OR OR
MPNP 3470P HYDROCORTISONE SODIUM SUCCINATEhydrocortisone (as sodium succinate) 100 mg injection [1 x 100 mg vial] (&) inert substance diluent [1 x 2 mL vial], 1 pack (PI, CMI) 2 2 $18.04 Solu-Cortef
OR OR
MPNP 3471Q HYDROCORTISONE SODIUM SUCCINATEhydrocortisone (as sodium succinate) 250 mg injection [1 x 250 mg vial] (&) inert substance diluent [1 x 2 mL vial], 1 pack (PI, CMI) 1 1 $16.83 Solu-Cortef
MPNP 3458B DIAZEPAMdiazepam 10 mg/2 mL injection, 5 x 2 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 5 $13.68 Hospira Pty Limited
MPNP 3463G DIPHTHERIA TOXOID + TETANUS TOXOIDdiphtheria toxoid 2 international units/0.5 mL + tetanus toxoid 20 international units/0.5 mL injection, 5 x 0.5 mL syringes (PI, CMI) 4 20 $275.36 ADT Booster
MPNP 3466K FRUSEMIDEfrusemide 20 mg/2 mL injection, 5 x 2 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 5 $8.63 Frusemide Sandoz
Frusemide-Claris
Lasix
MPNP 3467L GLUCAGON HYDROCHLORIDEglucagon hydrochloride 1 mg injection [1 x 1 mg vial] (&) inert substance diluent [1 x 1 mL syringe], 1 pack (PI, CMI) 1 1 $49.44 GlucaGen Hypokit
MPNP 3475X GLYCERYL TRINITRATEglyceryl trinitrate 400 microgram/actuation spray, 200 actuations (PI, CMI) 1 1 $20.47 Nitrolingual Pumpspray
MPNP 3473T HYOSCINE BUTYLBROMIDEhyoscine butylbromide 20 mg/mL injection, 5 x 1 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 5 $24.55 Buscopan
MPNP 3474W LIGNOCAINElignocaine hydrochloride anhydrous 2% (100 mg/5 mL) injection, 5 x 5 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 5 $37.67 Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
MP 3489P METHOXYFLURANEmethoxyflurane 999.9 mg/g inhalation: solution, 1 x 3 mL bottle (PI, CMI) 1 1 $45.12 Penthrox
MPNP 3476Y METOCLOPRAMIDEmetoclopramide hydrochloride 10 mg/2 mL injection, 10 x 2 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 10 $13.33 Maxolon
OR OR
MPNP 3477B PROCHLORPERAZINEprochlorperazine mesylate 12.5 mg/mL injection, 10 x 1 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 10 $17.89 Stemetil
MPNP 10178Q MIDAZOLAMmidazolam 5 mg/mL injection, 10 x 1 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 10 $38.91 Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
MPNP 3479D MORPHINEmorphine sulfate 15 mg/mL injection, 5 x 1 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 5 $17.30 Hospira Pty Limited
OR OR
MPNP 3480E MORPHINEmorphine sulfate 30 mg/mL injection, 5 x 1 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 5 $19.43 Hospira Pty Limited
MPNP 2200T NALOXONEnaloxone hydrochloride 400 microgram/mL injection, 1 x 1 mL syringe (PI, CMI) 10 10 $203.56 Naloxone minijet
MPNP 3488N PROMETHAZINEpromethazine hydrochloride 50 mg/2 mL injection, 5 x 2 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 2 10 $30.58 Hospira Pty Limited
MPNP 3495Y SALBUTAMOLsalbutamol 100 microgram/actuation inhalation: pressurised, 200 (PI, CMI) 1 1 $10.45 APO-Salbutamol Inhaler
Asmol CFC-free
$11.62 Ventolin CFC-free
OR OR
MPNP 3496B SALBUTAMOLsalbutamol 2.5 mg/2.5 mL inhalation: solution, 30 x 2.5 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 1 $11.36 APO-Salbutamol
Asmol 2.5 uni-dose
Butamol 2.5
GenRx Salbutamol
Pharmacor Salbutamol 2.5
Salbutamol Actavis
Salbutamol Sandoz
Salbutamol-GA
$11.96 Ventolin Nebules
MPNP 3497C SALBUTAMOLsalbutamol 5 mg/2.5 mL inhalation: solution, 30 x 2.5 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 1 $11.60 APO-Salbutamol
Asmol 5 uni-dose
Butamol 5
GenRx Salbutamol
Pharmacor Salbutamol 5
Salbutamol Actavis
Salbutamol Sandoz
Salbutamol-GA
$12.18 Ventolin Nebules
MPNP 3491R TERBUTALINEterbutaline sulfate 500 microgram/mL injection, 5 x 1 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 5 $30.93 Bricanyl
MPNP 3484J TRAMADOLtramadol hydrochloride 100 mg/2 mL injection, 5 x 2 mL ampoules (PI, CMI) 1 5 $12.51 Tramadol ACT
Tramadol Sandoz
Tramal 100