Section H rules and NPPA policy changes

Medicines

Decision

PHARMAC is pleased to announce that a decision has been made regarding Schedule rules and policies in relation to hospital medicines funding. This decision relates to a consultation letter dated 12 March 2013.

This decision establishes the framework under which the provision of hospital medicines in DHB hospitals will be managed on a day-to-day basis starting from 1 July 2013, including the use of medicines with prescribing restrictions, and the use of unlisted medicines through the NPPA policy or other exceptions provisions.

The start of July 2013 marks the first stage of a transition for DHBs to using the Schedule’s Hospital Medicines List (HML) and this rules framework for all prescribing activity.

The revised NPPA policy and the HML rules below take effect from 1 July 2013.

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