Schedule 8 - Prescribing Knowledge Gap

Schedule 8 - Prescribing Knowledge Gap

Did you know that when you prescribe drugs of addiction (Schedule 8 drugs) to someone you may need an authority by the NSW Ministry of Health?
Many doctors don’t.

An authority from the Ministry of Health is required to prescribe or supply a drug of addiction to:

  • a drug dependent person; or to
  • any person who is prescribed or supplied with drugs of addiction continuously for more than two months.

It is important to remember that an authority from the NSW Ministry of Health is not the same as an authority from Medicare Australia, which is for the purposes of a subsidy under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

The NSW Ministry of Health form ‘Application for Authority to Prescribe a Drug of Addiction’ is available here:

To find out more details about s.8 drugs, visit the NSW Ministry of Health website: