The Medicines and Poisons Act 2014 (external site) requires that an authorised health professional must make a report to the Department of Health, within 48 hours, when they have reason to believe that a person has over a period of time obtained, or obtained prescriptions for, quantities of drugs of addiction that are greater than is reasonably necessary for therapeutic use. These persons are commonly referred to as 'doctor shoppers'.
On receiving a report the Chief Executive Officer may decide to include the name of the person on the drugs of addiction record as an Oversupplied person. Information regarding the drugs of addiction record will only be made available to authorised health professionals, as necessary for the treatment of a patient under their care.
Reports of oversupply must be made on the Reporting an oversupplied person form (Word 842KB).
Prior written authorisation from the CEO is required before prescribing Schedule 8 medicines for a patient who has is recorded as an Oversupplied Person.The treatment must be medically indicated and not for the treatment of addiction.
More information on the criteria for oversupply may be found in the Guidance note: Reporting drug dependent and oversupplied persons (Word 385KB). A patient information sheet (Word 3841KB) has been developed to explain the reporting process and consequences of a report of oversupply and inclusion on the drugs of addiction record.