Pharmacists have been able to provide funded Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) since 1 October 2017. NRT is treatment with any of the nicotine products listed in the Pharmaceutical Schedule, namely nicotine patches, gum and lozenges.
Nicotine replacement medicines can be supplied to a patient:
- on a doctor's prescription,
- through a Quitline provider, or
- directly to the patient by a pharmacist.
Processing a pharmacist supply
- When processing an NRT supply, a pharmacist should set themselves as the Prescriber
- The pharmacist's prescriber record must have:
- their Professional group set to Pharmacist, and
- the Registration number entered with a prefix of 00-
- The note May be prescribed by pharmacist - MUST print Rx Copy is on all subsidised presentations of HABITROL
- The Pharmaceutical Schedule lists the subsidy claimable for the NRT medicine only - it does not cover any other fees for services provided
- Discuss with your DHB Portfolio Manager further Smoking Cessation Services as outlined in Section 3B.6 of the Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement (ICPSA)
- Click here for further information from the PSNZ