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.

or you can browse all SA forms

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.

Read more about the Special Authority waiver process

The Ministry of Health processes SA forms.

If the CHN link doesn’t work, see the Ministry of Health’s website about getting access(external link)

Fax: 0800 100 131

Ministry of Health
Private Bag 3015

More information

PHARMAC has policies in place to respond to exceptional circumstances that require medicines to be funded outside the Schedule.

Read our exceptional circumstances framework 

Who to contact

Contact Ministry of Health Sector Operations about Special Authority applications:

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: