Active Ingredient Prescribing

Active Ingredient Prescribing will become mandatory from 1 February 2021.

Exemptions to this new rule are:

  • Handwritten prescriptions
  • Paper-based medication charts in residential aged care settings
  • Medicines with four or more active ingredients
  • Non-medicinal items which don’t have active ingredients (e.g. dressings, nutritional products)
  • A small number of items that have been specifically excluded from active ingredient prescribing.

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