From 5 October 2023, the maximum limit for all opioid prescriptions is changing from three months to one month. These changes will apply both to electronic and physical prescriptions.
Things to Look Out for in Toniq
Repeats Before on Medicines:
- The change that you will see in Toniq is that Class B and Class C opioids will have repeats set to 30 days. If this does not automatically occur after 5 October on opioids in your system, please remove any unwanted values in the Override first repeat field top right of the medicine stock card (the figure to the right of the field is Toniq's default value):
Opioid Scripts in Cycles:
- When F3 Create Rx is used when running a cycle, and there are no repeats left, it creates an exact duplicate of the previous prescription. New prescriptions need to be requested from the prescriber for opioids in a cycle for a new maximum of 1 month. Current scripts will need to be removed from the cycle and replaced with new opioid prescriptions (class C opioid scripts will not have repeats).
**NEW** Claiming Issue Regarding Repeat Dispensings for Class C Opioids:
- Contrary to previous information provided, Sector Operations via communication from Pharmac advises that Class C opioid repeat dispensings issued after 5 October 2023 may be rejected for payment, even against a prescription presented before 5 October 2023. See Information for pharmacists about repeat dispensings for class C opioids for more information.
Changes to Maximum Period of Supply
For further information, please refer to the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2023 - FAQs from which this table was taken.
**NEW** See: Changes to Opioid Pharmac subsidy - 1 November 2023.