Special Authority applications
Special Authority (SA) numbers
Some medicines listed in the Pharmaceutical Schedule have conditions that must be met before funding will be granted.
These conditions are meant to ensure that access to medicines is available for those who would benefit most from treatment.
Use an SA form to apply
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 email@example.com