In Australia, cannabis prescription can only be made through the Special Access Scheme - Category B (SASB). This is regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administrator (TGA) and by the State Government health departments.
There are two ways you as a GP can access medicinal cannabis products through SASB.
- GP contacts a specialist doctor who has been given authority (by TGA) to prescribe cannabis products
- The specialist doctor then decides if treatment with medicinal cannabis is beneficial. If yes, a prescription can be made.
- The specialist will provide us with the letter from the TGA with details of their authority to prescribe
- The authorization letter will allow us to provide cannabis medicine. (Medicine will be supplied to a registered pharmacy, from where it can be dispensed to the patient with prescription)
- GP contacts a specialist doctor (who is not pre-authorised to prescribe medicinal cannabis) regarding your brother's condition.
- Specialist doctor then fills out a Special Access Scheme - Category B form with details of the patient, their health condition, reason for recommending cannabis and the type of cannabis medicine to use.
- Specialist then submits this form to the TGA for approval
- If TGA approves, they will issue an approval letter to the specialist
- Specialist will send the approval letter to us
- Approval letter will allow us to provide medicinal cannabis. (Medicine will be supplied to a registered pharmacy, from where it can be dispensed to the patient with prescription)