|Title:||Supply of Drugs for the Treatment of Tuberculosis and Leprosy|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 1865/04|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 28 October 2004|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The purpose of this Operational Circular is to reiterate to clinical and pharmaceutical staff that drugs for tuberculosis and leprosy are provided free by all public hospitals in Western Australia.|
|Period of effect:||from 28 October 2004|
|Authorised by:||Dr Shirley Bowen, Director, Communicable Disease Control Directorate, 19-Oct-2004|
|Print version:||View print version|
Supply of Drugs for the Treatment of Tuberculosis and LeprosySUPERSEDED BY OD 0229/09
This Operational Circular is designed to advise Department of Health staff on Departmental policies and procedures.
This Operational Circular is particularly for the attention of Pharmaceutical services and their staff in public hospitals.
It is a long standing policy that drugs for the treatment of Tuberculosis and Leprosy must be provided free of charge in Western Australia. The provision of free drugs is a critical element in the public health management of these diseases and assists with compliance.
All Public Hospital Pharmacies are required to provide these drugs free of any charge to the patient. Alternatively, patients may be referred to the Perth Chest Clinic for drug therapy and management. The Clinic can be contacted on (08) 9325 3922.
The drugs included in the policy are ALL those used for the treatment of tuberculosis. This includes many new agents.
Some drugs used for the treatment of Tuberculosis are in short supply or are unable to be sourced by normal mechanisms. Please contact the Perth Chest Clinic if drugs access is a barrier to effective treatment.
Dr Shirley Bowen
This circular last updated: Thursday, 28 October 2004 at 12:00am