Practitioner's supply order (PSO)

The PSO list is updated monthly with the Schedule.

The PSO list is also available to download in a spreadsheet (see the 6th tab/worksheet)(external link)

Rural PSOs 

Designated rural practices can order any product listed in the Pharmaceutical Schedule, provided that all the funding requirements of the listing are met. If the listing states ‘only on a prescription’, or the product requires a Special Authority, then it is not funded on a rural PSO. A quantity reasonable for up to one month’s supply, under the conditions normally existing in the practice, can be ordered on a rural PSO. DHBs decide what practices are designated rural.

Read the rule about Rural PSOs

PSO Forms

The Ministry of Health creates and distributes PSO forms.

Order forms from the Ministry, call 0800 353 2425 

Why did the name change from MPSO?

MPSO stood for medical practitioner's supply order. Ordering items on MPSO was limited to prescribers registered with the New Zealand Medical Council. When PHARMAC widened access to other prescriber groups, we dropped the "M". 

Who can order medicines on a PSO?

Any prescriber – including a dentist, midwife and others. See the definition of Prescriber in Section A: General Rules of the Pharmaceutical Schedule. The medicines ordered must be within the scope of practice of the prescriber.

Read the definition

What medicines can be ordered on a PSO?

Those medicines used for the purposes stated in Rule 1.3.2e. The products and quantities ordered must be within the limits specified in the individual product listing.

Read Rule 1.3.2e

How do I dispense antibiotics on a PSO for the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme?

Rule 1.3.4 allows practitioners to order multiple courses of antibiotics for their patients via PSO that are more than normally allowed on a PSO.

Read Rule 1.3.4