Authorised Prescribers for Medicinal Cannabis

August 20, 2017 12 10164
Authorised Prescribers for Medicinal Cannabis

Currently the fastest access pathway for medicinal cannabis is the Special Access Scheme Category B (or SAS B).    This process is regulated by the federal government Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).  However, if a doctor has a large volume of patients, then applying for TGA approval for each patient may become overly time consuming.  In this case, doctors can apply to become Authorised Prescribers for a particular medicinal cannabis product and particular patient condition (such as prescribing medical cannabis oil brand X for treating condition epilepsy).  

Once a medical practitioner becomes an Authorised Prescriber they do not need to notify the TGA when they are prescribing the medicinal cannabis product, however they must report to the TGA the number of patients treated on a six-monthly basis.  The application form can be downloaded from the TGA Australia website.

In certain Australian states, medical practitioners must also apply to the State Health Department for approval.  There are separate application procedures for each state - these are shown in the table below:

State

Federal Approval

State Approval

QLD

Apply to TGA to become Authorised Prescriber

Notify QLD health that treatment has commenced as a patient-class prescriber

NSW

Apply to TGA to become Authorised Prescriber

Apply to NSW health  

VIC

Apply to TGA to become Authorised Prescriber

Apply to VIC health

ACT

Apply to TGA to become Authorised Prescriber

Apply to ACT health  

WA

 Apply to TGA to become Authorised Prescriber Apply to WA Department of Health  

 

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Rohan kinseley
22 October 2017, 16:10
I have PTSD from an assult suffered in my younger years and have also aquired a brain injury as a result of this assult i believe medical marijuana would bennifit me. How can i go about gaining access.??
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