Special Authority applications
Pharmac sets specific criteria that must be met before some medicines will be funded. We do this to ensure medicines are targeted to those who would benefit most from treatment.
On this page
Pharmac sets the criteria for funding. The Ministry of Health manages Special Authority applications.
We do manage Special Authority waivers. If someone doesn't quite meet the exact criteria of a Special Authority, but meets the intent of the criteria, prescribers can ask us to waive (ignore) a specific criteria.
How to find a Special Authority form
Each medicine with restrictions has its own form that’s linked from the Schedule listing.
The forms outline the requirements that need to be met for the medicine to be funded.
If your patient’s circumstances don’t quite meet the requirements, check the Special Authority waiver process.
The Ministry of Health processes SA forms.
Fax: 0800 100 131
Ministry of Health
Private Bag 3015
Pharmac has policies in place to respond to exceptional circumstances that require medicines to be funded outside the Schedule.
Who to contact
Contact Ministry of Health Sector Operations about Special Authority applications:
- 0800 855 066
They can answer questions related to:
- declined decisions
- submitting paper-based applications
- issues with the online system.
Pharmac sets the criteria for Special Authority applications. If you have questions about the criteria:
- call on 0800 660 050
- email firstname.lastname@example.org