Transfer of Schedule 8 prescription repeats

This information is only intended for the transfer of paper-based Schedule 8 prescription repeats.

Electronic prescriptions (external site), as defined by the Australian Digital Health Agency (not the scanned version of a paper prescription), are excluded from this requirement due to the low risk of fraudulent prescriptions being dispensed. The repeat token can be sent back to the patient, and there is no need for the pharmacy to print out the token to keep on file.

Retaining Schedule 8 prescriptions

Repeat prescriptions for Schedule 8 (S8) medicines must be retained by the pharmacy that dispenses the original paper-based prescription. The repeats may not be transferred unless approved by the Department of Health.

Authorising transfer

Transfer of prescription repeats is allowed when approved by the Department of Health.

Transfers will be considered where there is a significant barrier to the patient continuing to access their medicines. Situations where transfers may be approved include:

  • moving from a metropolitan area to a rural area, or vice versa
  • moving between two rural areas
  • special services required (compounding, dose packing)
  • extenuating personal circumstances (e.g. custody changes for children).

Temporary transfers may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Requesting a transfer

Requests to transfer should be made in writing using the Application for inter-pharmacy transfer of Schedule 8 prescription form (Word 829KB). The completed form should be faxed or emailed to the Medicines and Poisons Regulation Branch.

The reason for transfer must be provided and a pharmacy must be nominated to receive the repeats.

Transferring the prescription

Repeat prescriptions may not be returned to the patient. The repeats should be posted to the new pharmacy and the pharmacy alerted to expect the transfer.

Interstate transfers

Transfers of prescriptions to a receiving pharmacy in another State or Territory can be approved. This includes interstate patients travelling temporarily to WA who require S8 prescriptions dispensed.

There are different requirements for the prescribing of S8 medicines between jurisdictions and not all prescriptions may be honoured in other States and Territories without the correct local approvals.

More information

Medicines and Poisons Regulation Branch
Mailing address: PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre, WA 6849
Phone: 9222 6883