Schedule 4 medicines (S4) may only be supplied by a pharmacy when dispensing a valid prescription for a patient or agent or animal. The pharmacist must reasonably believe the supply is for the legitimate therapeutic use of the patient or animal.
An authorised health professional may supply a S4 medicine as part of a consultation with a patient.
Licensed pharmaceutical wholesalers may supply S4 medicines to an authorised health professional or holder of a valid permit or licence.
A pharmacist may supply a S4 medicine to an authorised health professional:
- on receipt of a written request from the health professional that specifies the medicine, strength, form and quantity required; and
- if satisfied the supply is necessary for lawful practice of the health professional's lawful practice.
A record must be made of all supplies of S4 medicines, kept for 2 years and produced for inspection when requested by the Department of Health.