Community pharmacies to dispense HIV medication
From July 1, community pharmacies will be able to dispense HIV medication.
Those people with prescriptions dated from that date onwards will no longer have to visit hospital pharmacies if they do not wish to - as long as their local pharmacy stocks the medication.
The flexibility and convenience this provides will only help contribute to the wellbeing of PLHIV.
In a survey conducted by the National Association of People Living With HIV Australia (NAPWA), 72 per cent of respondents said they would prefer to pick up their prescriptions from local pharmacies.
The executive officer of Queensland Positive People (QPP) Simon O’Connor welcomed the move.
“This change will provide PLHIV with a choice of where they can access their HIV medications and will improve convenience and access to treatment for many PLHIV.”
Given that some community pharmacies may choose not to stock HIV medication, O’Connor urged PLHIV to make enquiries as to whether their local pharmacy could stock the medication.
In situations where privacy is a concern, O’Connor said: "PLHIV can request a confidential conversation with their community pharmacist about dispensing of HIV medications".
A resource on community pharmacy dispensing is now available from QPP.
People looking for support or more information can contact QPP (07) 3013 5555 or 1800 636 241 toll free.